LONDON: South Africa have become the first major cricket nation to call on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to withdraw a draft plan that would give greater control of the world game to England, Australia and India.
A ‘position paper’ outlining the proposed changes is due to be discussed by the ICC’s executive board next week.
But, ahead of that meeting, Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani published an open letter to ICC President Alan Isaac urging the ‘fundamentally flawed’ plan be taken off the table.
One key proposal is for a four-man executive committee where the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the three countries that bring most revenue into cricket, would all be guaranteed a place, with the other position selected by the trio annually. The proposals need seven votes from the ICC’s 10 leading nations to pass.
According to some forecasts, South Africa could see their share of future revenue fall below that of Pakistan if the new set-up, labelled ‘unconstitutional’ by Nenzani, is adopted.
Proposals are fundamentally flawed: Nenzani
“These proposals should first be referred to the relevant ICC committees for proper consideration and to make recommendations to the ICC Board,” said Nenzani’s letter to Isaac.
“The draft proposal is fundamentally flawed as regards to the process and, therefore, in breach of the ICC constitution.
“In the circumstances we propose that the draft proposal be withdrawn immediately given that the proper procedures have not been followed.”
But not all boards from amongst ‘the seven’ were as scathing, with New Zealand Cricket director Martin Snedden saying of the BCCI-CA-ECB plan: “Don’t jump to the conclusion what they’re doing is not good for world cricket.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2014.