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ICC meeting: Underdogs hold key

cricket Updated: Feb 08, 2014 02:16 IST
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After 11 days of parleys, post the International Cricket Council executive meeting in Dubai on Jan 29, the focus of world cricket will on the developments in Singapore on Saturday, where the ICC meeting will be held. The issues of renewed proposals await a definitive conclusion.

The ‘big three’ should be confident of getting it passed, having garnered seven members to their side with New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh likely to back them. For BCCI, Cricket Australia and ECB, it’s been about convincing the smaller boards to agree to the proposals.

They have been somewhat successful, managing Bangladesh to switch sides following a compromise that its Test status is no longer under threat.

That effectively has left Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa in a decisive position.

The other three
For each of the three boards the PCB, CSA and SLC, the last few days has been a subject of careful and intense evaluation of the proposals with their respective stakeholders. Their resistance has found a common chord especially where the contentious points affect their financial and governance interests.

The PCB bolstered by the support of its own government, in specifics are against the idea of change in revenue sharing model as well as want a future series commitment from the BCCI in writing.

CSA’s contention is as much about representational in the executive committee as it is about the proposed revenue sharing model which it reckons is biased.

Left out of the original Test match fund corpus and from the decision making ExCo in spite of being ranked No 1 in Tests, CSA is looking for its own share of honour and bigger say in administration.

The SLC is braving to fight for its pride of place on the claim that they have been world champions, twice runners-up, and are ranked No 1 in T20s.

Proposals legal: ICC
pti adds: Responding to opposition from SLC, ICC’s head of legal affairs Iain Higgins said that the revamp model was “legally sound” and boards can vote against it should it be brought to vote during the meeting. On Wednesday, SLC president Jayantha Dharmadasa wrote to Higgins questioning the legality of the proposals.

Divided they stand: how the boards are positioned
Looking to strengthen cricket ties with India, the PCB seeks a formal assurance from the BCCI to make India-Pakistan cricket series a permanent fixture, at least at a neutral venue. Further, the concentration of power in the hand of big three has led PCB to disengage from the proposed structure.

South Africa
Cricket South Africa’s contention is as much about representational in the executive committee as it is about the proposed revenue sharing model which it reckons is decisively biased in favour of India, England and Australia. Out of the nine points in the Position Paper, CSA has reportedly agreed to only three.

Sri Lanka
The financial loss it might endure being party to the structural and financial model can further escalate Sri Lankan Board’s dire financial state. A member of SLC integral to the discussion revealed, “We stand to lose $25mn in the current proposals. Also, the FTP is left at their (Big Three) mercy?”