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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Cricket

BCCI will look to block more than DRS
Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 24, 2013
First Published: 00:41 IST(24/6/2013)
Last Updated: 01:23 IST(24/6/2013)

For the Indian cricket board, the Decision Review System (DRS) is not the only contentious issue that will come up at the International Cricket Council's annual conference starting at Lord's on Tuesday.

Issues like the Woolf governance review report and inclusion of cricket in Olympics — both opposed by the BCCI —would also be taken up.

These matters will come up for discussion at the all-important board of directors meeting, of which interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya will be a part of. The meeting will conclude on June 29.

FOR SHAKE-UP

The report with 65 recommendations for more effective governance of ICC was submitted in February, 2012.

Its suggestions are to reinforce ICC's position as the leader in the game, ensure diversity of views on its Board and end undue influence by certain members. The BCCI's opposition has blocked its implementation. It had also advocated cricket's participation in Olympics.

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The BCCI working committee has already rejected the key recommendations of the Woolf committee on restructuring the ICC. It also feels including cricket in Olympics may disrupt the Future Tours Programme (FTP), causing financial damage. The BCCI did not even send a team to the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

BCCI president N Srinivasan has always been a strong critic of the Woolf report as well as the inclusion of cricket in the Olympics. With Dalmiya attending the meeting this time, supporters of the proposals are hopeful of a positive outcome.

MONEY MATTERS

However, when contacted by HT, Dalmiya only said: “I cannot disclose issues which are coming up in the board of directors meeting.”

The MCC, custodians of cricket laws, has backed the inclusion of cricket in the 2024 Olympics. Key Test nations are wary as it could cost them financially. But non-Test members are for it, to get financial help from their governments to develop the game in their countries.


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