PCB bosses give thumbs down to ‘Big Three’ proposal

Published: February 4, 2014
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PCB's governing board members decided against approving the 'Big Three' proposal. PHOTO: PCB

PCB's governing board members decided against approving the 'Big Three' proposal. PHOTO: PCB

KARACHI: 

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) governing body decided against approving the ‘Big Three’ proposal, expressing ‘serious concerns’ on the model prepared by India, England and Australia cricket bodies. 

With the situation of indecision prevailing, the reservations shown by the PCB governors cannot be considered an outright rejection of the proposal by the cricketing body.

It was an intensive meeting at the PCB headquarters in Lahore on Monday that lasted for over five hours as the proposed changes to the International Cricket Council (ICC) were discussed at length.

“The board members deliberated and expressed serious concerns on the model proposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England and Wales Cricket Broad (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA),” said the PCB media release following the meeting. “It was found that the proposal was neither in line with principle of equity nor in the interest of cricket.

“The Board authorised PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad to engage with other Board members to find common ground and take other requisite remedial measures in the interest of Pakistan.”

‘Meeting Patron significant’

Ashraf, who chaired the meeting, later told the press that he would like to meet PCB Patron Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif before leaving for the ICC meeting next week.

“We have deliberated extensively on the matter,” he said. “I want to apprise the PM and take his suggestion before the meeting.”

The next ICC meeting is scheduled to be held in Singapore on February 8 where the decision on the ‘Big Three’ proposal to take control of the ICC is expected to be taken.

“I will convey public sentiments and the governing body’s stance. We will push for improvement in the proposal and do what is best in the interest of Pakistan cricket.”

‘Opposing Three’ plan tri-nation event: Ashraf     

The ‘Big Three’ require just one vote to see a change in the ICC constitution, with Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) along with the PCB yet to decide their stance.

Media reports on Monday suggested that CSA has agreed to the ‘Big Three’ proposal but Ashraf stressed that the ‘Opposing Three’ were still on the same line.

“We are in contact with those cricket boards. So far, none of the three boards have taken a decision in this regard.”

The PCB chairman added that the three countries were also in talks for a tri-nation tournament.

“Discussions have been made to hold Jinnah-Mandela Trophy featuring Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa, with the revenue to be shared equally.”

Ashraf said he was also in talks with the BCCI, who have expressed willingness to play a home series with Pakistan in the UAE.

Meanwhile, the PCB chairman hinted at the announcement of a new selection committee shortly.

Will Patron meet Ashraf? 

Despite repeated requests, Ashraf failed to get time from the Patron to meet over the ‘Big Three’ proposal.

Whether PM Nawaz will meet the PCB chairman has become a million-dollar question.

It has been learned that the Prime Minister is reluctant to meet Ashraf, whose restoration saw the ousting of his Interim Management Committee.

However, officials close to the matter stated that since the governing body meeting did not reach a concrete decision on the PCB’s stance over ICC’s reforms, the meeting with the Patron now seems inevitable.

It is also believed that a change in the PCB command is unlikely before the ICC meeting. Ashraf might have to take the lead in making a decision, if the Patron continues to ignore him.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Big nonsense
    Feb 4, 2014 - 12:58AM

    Surprising to see the PCB stance even when South Africa has started showing willingness

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  • Ali
    Feb 4, 2014 - 12:58AM

    Good job PCB. Proud of you. English teaming up with the ‘Indians’ for their own interest, and ignoring ‘our’ rights (rights of the less powered) has been a practice that has been followed for centuries.

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  • Feb 4, 2014 - 1:46AM

    PCB should not accept monopolist policies of bigger countries in cricket,

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  • Arshad
    Feb 4, 2014 - 2:01AM

    Mr. Ashraf I commend you for going about this take over in a democratic way. It is good to see that you have worked with all the local board members and taken their input in deciding what to do next. If the Patron decides to play childish games at a time like this, then I am sorry to say that he is not a man of good character. Mr. Ashraf please work with South Africa and Sri Lanka to make sure India, Australia and England do not form another colonial kingdom. Without you three, they will not have as much success and in a few years, public will get bored. All the best at this difficult time.

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  • Saifullah
    Feb 4, 2014 - 2:31AM

    Thumbs up to PCB for taking a stand on principles. The big 3 would never support Pakistan in the long run. India in particular would use its enhanced financial and governance power to corner Pakistan. What BCCI has been doing to Pakistan in recent past is purely based on India’s prejudice and anti-Pakistan politics. The cricket fans of Pakistan and the world over are behind PCB.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 4, 2014 - 3:50AM

    Please tell us one good reason why PCB is opposing “Big 3 Proposal”?

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  • hfgf
    Feb 4, 2014 - 4:28AM

    According to reports India and South Africa will reach an agreement; Sri Lanka may follow them.

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  • syed
    Feb 4, 2014 - 9:39AM

    Good job PCB board.
    I think this is the time to get teams to tour Pakistan. if they agree to tour Pakistan and play here then accept the proposal.
    The Market dynamics always favor big spendors. The Big Three will win eventually, Pakistan is better off getting their agreement to play in Pakistan.
    Re: Tri Nation trophy between SA, Pak and SL. I think it is a good idea but eventually it will be boring to watch them again and again, just like the big three playing with themselves.
    Good luck.

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  • M.Faisal
    Feb 4, 2014 - 1:58PM

    Being A Pakistani only possible deal with India: Give our Kashmir to us and get our support for Big three.

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  • Sabahat
    Feb 4, 2014 - 3:25PM

    PCB will eventually give up and bow down in the most humiliating way possible.

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  • Khwaja
    Feb 4, 2014 - 7:54PM

    @Ali:
    Uhm…For centuries? Pakistanis were also called Indians before independence. Remember? Or do they gloss over that fact in your schools? Typical self-righteousness and denial from Pakistanis.

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  • Ali
    Feb 4, 2014 - 11:52PM

    @Khawaja
    That’s the reason I wrote ‘Indians’. I was referring to the Congress majority, as it always had the British on their side, and rights of Muslim League being ignored. Congress is the new ‘India’ and Muslim League the new Pakistan. clear enough?

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