International Cricket Council passes controversial reform plans, N Srinivasan to chair ICC Board

Feb 08 2014, 14:44 IST
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In the new resolution, the International Cricket Council has replaced the World Test Championship with the Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2021. Reuters In the new resolution, the International Cricket Council has replaced the World Test Championship with the Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2021. Reuters
SummaryICC approves its radical reform plans aimed at bringing about improved governance.

International Cricket Council (ICC) today approved its radical reform plans aimed at bringing about improved governance, a move that will give India significant control over revenue and power structure of the world's governing body.

Despite strong resentment from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa, the controversial proposals related to the restructuring of the ICC was passed at the Executive Board meeting after gaining the support of eight of the International Cricket Council's 10 full members with Sri Lanka and Pakistan -- who have both been vocally opposed -- abstaining from the meeting.

The key elements of the resolution are the establishment of an Executive Committee (ExCo) and Financial and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) to provide leadership at an operational level, with five members, including BCCI, Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board representatives.

As per the resolution passed at the meeting, current BCCI president N Srinivasan will chair the International Cricket Council Board from mid-2014 which will be the primary decision-making body, the world body said in a statement.

A new Executive Committee will be formed to report to the board. The initial chair of this Executive Committee (ExCo) will be Wally Edwards from Cricket Australia while the chair of the Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) will continue to be Giles Clarke from the ECB. These roles will be for an initial two year transitional period to 2016 only, the statement further said.

Once this transitional period is completed, the chair of the ICC Board will be elected from within the International Cricket Council board with all Full Member Directors entitled to stand for election, it said, adding that BCCI, CA and ECB - will be represented on both sub-committees, along with two representatives of the other Full Members (who will be elected by the Board).

The relevant resolutions will now be drafted through the appropriate committees, including the Governance Committee and the board before being submitted for approval to Full Council.

Among other key elements of the resolution are the creation of Test Cricket Fund to protect the traditional format of the game, providing opportunities to associate members to play Test cricket, a new financial model for Full Members and enhanced support for the leading Associate Members.

The ICC also said that that there was confirmation that all Full Members will enter into a series of contractually binding bi-lateral agreements as a matter of urgency so that they can confirm a comprehensive schedule of matches

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