Manohar effect as ICC rolls back Big Three privileges

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2016 19:59 IST
Shashank Manohar (C), head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), during a press conference in New Delhi last year. (Ravi Choudhary/ HT photo)

The winds of change in the Indian cricket board are now sweeping through the corridors of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The world governing body for the sport has decided to roll back the controversial privileges which the Big Three --India, Australia and England --gave themselves in controlling the way the sport is run and its finances distributed.

The ICC, at a board meeting on Wednesday, considered the amendments made in early 2014 that had led to an outcry from the smaller boards. The ICC board meeting decided to establish the independent position of its chairman. Shashank Manohar, the current ICC chairman owing to his role as Indian board chief, had criticised the changes that were carried out under the stewardship of previous BCCI president, N Srinivasan in early 2014.

Manohar had pushed for bringing about fairness and equality in governance and has also taken steps to address conflict of interest in the BCCI. On a day when the Supreme Court directed the BCCI to implement the recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha panel, it echoed in the ICC.

According to an ICC media release, its board, the highest decision-making body, decided that the new chairman should be elected for two years, starting in June, through a secret ballot. The election will be overseen by ICC’s independent audit committee chairman.

Big 3 back off

The chairman will not concurrently hold any position in a national board anymore. The person can be re-elected, but can’t hold office for more than three times. The nominees must be past or present ICC Board directors and will need the backing of two full-member directors.

“The decisions taken clearly reflect that we collectively want to improve the governance in a transparent manner, not only of the ICC but also the member Boards. This, in turn, will enhance the image and quality of the sport. No member of the ICC is bigger than the other and I am determined to make a meaningful contribution in this regard with support of all the members,” Manohar said in the statement:

Another far-reaching decision will be the changes that will be carried out in the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee and Executive Committee to remove the permanent positions for the nominees of the BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and England Cricket Board (ECB). The idea is to allow fair access to membership for all full and associate members. It said skill, competence and experience would be the only criteria to hold key positions.

The ICC Board also agreed to reinstate a previous requirement for full members to submit their annual audited stateme nts to the world body like the Associate and Affiliate boards do.

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