ICC revamp plans need more time to be finalised
Updated: Jul 04, 2016, 12:15 IST
NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has cut down the margin of the umpire’s call on the Decision Review System for leg before decisions, but has chosen to tread cautiously on two other important issues.
Going into the weeklong ICC annual conference which ended in Edinburg, Scotland on Saturday, the focus was on whether the global body will announce a revamping of its governance structure and roll back the controversial constitutional changes of 2014 put in place under N Srinivasan, giving sweeping financial and administrative control to India, Australia and England.
That decision will not come until the ICC Board meets next in October, when it will receive the draft of a new constitution. Changes were anticipated since India’s ICC chairman, Shashank Manohar, favoured a more equitable distribution of funds and administrative powers, although questions remained whether the influential Indian board will agree to losing revenue which the status quo would have meant.
An ICC statement said ,“significant and positive progress” had been made by the working group set up to review the 2014 constitutional changes. “We are committed to following best practice principles of good governance to build, improve and enhance the image and reputation of the ICC by putting in place systems and processes which are fair, transparent and merit-based,” Manohar said.
“…We are looking forward to presenting the amended constitution to the Board for its consideration at the next meeting.”
ICC CEO, Dave Richardson, explained that details on the governing structure were being worked out and there was no change in the stance to provide “fair opportunity to all members based on merit rather than membership status.”
The ICC also didn’t make an announcement on turning the money-spinning World Twenty20 into a biennial affair. The anticipated introduction of a two-tier Test contest and an ODI league also didn’t happen.
Richardson said it was a complex affair and a workshop in Dubai in September will help chalk out the details. “For instance, it is impossible for everyone to play against everyone in the first division of Test cricket. It’s just impossible for India to play against everyone like people were expecting in the past.”
Issues like whether Test cricket should be a two-tier affair, funding and how to distribute teams will all be discussed. “If it is uneconomical, everyone loses money and we are worse off than before,” he said.
After much debate, the ICC has decided not to make wearing helmets mandatory, but only the latest British Standard compliant ones will be permitted.