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ICC restructuring unanimous, BCCI not in control: Isaac

cricket Updated: Jan 30, 2014 11:41 IST
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Refuting statements made by some of the member boards like South Africa, the International Cricket Council president Alan Isaac reiterated that all the decisions over the issue of a structural change in the world body’s governance and financial model during its Board meeting were unanimous.

Isaac made the claim during the press conference at the end of the two-day ICC Boards meeting on Wednesday.

The ICC president welcomed the proposals, which were agreed upon in principle, and will come to vote at a later date, saying they will make the sport stronger.

He denied the criticism that the Big Three member boards – the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia, had worked secretively to come up with the Position Paper.

"The Position Paper was tabled as early as January 9th specifically to allow all the member boards enough time to understand all the proposals and make their decisions," said Isaac.

He said there was a thorough discussion on the proposals and changes made after a consensus was established between all the members. "There was extensive dialogue with all the members, where we were able to debate and unanimously, principally agree on the proposals."

Talk of the Indian cricket board dominating the ICC was dismissed.

"When we first tabled the report, the criticism was that the BCCI is running the ICC. But now we have CA as well as ECB involved in the drafting of the paper," said Isaac, while admitting that he had asked these three boards to prepare the Position Paper.

Among the new recommendations, the common system of scheduling, FTP, will be done away with. ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said: "There is a misunderstanding that it is going to be worse. Its better and stronger in the way that it will be binding, these will be bankable deals with each other. The boards will have to honour their commitments."

On why the ICC didn’t not go with the recommendations of the Woolf Report, Isaac said: "The Woolf Report had recommended a reorganisation of governance and financial set-up, to be implemented by 2020. I was among the ones who had supported the Woolf Report and recommended that they be implemented in 2015."

He said now that the ICC was in the process of carrying out the restructuring, it will give an opportunity to implement some of the recommendations around governance and financial set-up as per the recommendations of the Woolf Report.

As for why there was no voting on the Position Paper, he said: "It didn’t come to vote because there was nothing to vote upon. The chairmen of the member boards (who attended the ICC Board meeting) will go back to their Boards and will come back for discussion on February 8," said Isaac.