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ICC Oks controversial revamp despite protests Pakistan feel ‘cheated’

SINGAPORE, Feb 8, (AFP): Cricket’s world body Saturday passed a wide-ranging and controversial shake-up of its governance and structure despite strident protests that it gives too much power to the “Big Three” of India, England and Australia. The dominant trio seemed to be the big winners after the proposals were approved by the necessary eight out of 10 full members at a hastily convened International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Singapore. Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa had all opposed the revamp when it was debated last month, but South Africa’s Chris Nenzani voted in favour at Saturday’s meeting. Sri Lanka and Pakistan abstained. “I think South Africa cheated us,” Ashraf said afterwards. “Just last night (Friday) they told us that they have changed their stance and told us that it was the decision of their board (CSA). It disappointed us.”

In the revamped ICC, India — which contributes 80 percent of global revenues — and fellow powerhouses England and Australia will have permanent seats on a new, five-member executive committee. The committee will make recommendations to the decision-making body, the ICC board, which will be chaired by India’s N. Srinivasan from the middle of this year. Revenues will be distributed according to countries’ contributions — financial, sporting and historical — but the seven non-”Big Three” members will be boosted by a new Test Cricket Fund. The Future Tours Programme, designed to guarantee series for all Test teams, will be changed with a series of binding, bilateral agreements to be struck between members.

And the World Test Championship, which was due to debut in 2017, has been scrapped, with the one-day Champions Trophy continuing in 2017 and 2021. The Test championship was deemed unworkable, a statement said. The representatives of South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka did not give details about their positions as they left the meeting, although Sri Lanka’s Nishantha Ranatunga said he would hold discussions with his board. “Pakistan and Sri Lanka believed that they needed more time to discuss the amendments to the resolutions with their respective boards,” said ICC president Alan Isaac. “There is a hope that when we come back at the next meeting that they will able to also support the resolutions.” India’s Srinivasan and Australia’s Wally Edwards declined to comment, but their fellow “Big Three” member, England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke, called it “a very good meeting”. “There was general agreement and (it was) all very satisfactory,” he told AFP.

Main Points
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Saturday approved a wide-ranging and controversial resolution to change its governance, competition and financial models. The main points are as follows:

* New executive committee: A five-man executive committee with permanent seats for India, England and Australia will be introduced. The committee will make recommendations to the ICC board, which remains the decision-making body

* India’s Srinivasan to chair ICC board: N. Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, will become the ICC board chairman from July 2014

* New financial model: Full members gain greater financial recognition based on their contributions in terms of finance, their ICC history and on-field performances

* Test Cricket Fund: A Test Cricket Fund will be introduced to guarantee all 10 Test-playing nations will be in position to host a home series through to 2023

* Future Tours Programme: Members will strike binding, bilateral agreements “as a matter of urgency” with the aim of extending the programme until 2023

* World Test Championship axed: The Champions Trophy one-day tournament will continue in 2017 and 2021, replacing plans for a World Test Championship

* Pathway to Test cricket: The winner of the next ICC Intercontinental Cup will play-off against the bottom-ranked full member with the prize of gaining Test status. The existing full member will retain Test status.

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