The all powerful working committee of the BCCI has unanimously endorses the draft proposal of ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) Commercial Rights Working Group comprisinng of officials of the now infamous ‘big three’ – BCCI, ECB, and CA, which could result in a structural changes of the governing body of cricket and which would see the power to make most of the executive decision with the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB. The working committee meeting took place on Thursday morning in Chennai.
“The committee discussed at length the proposals of the ICC Working Group and felt that this proposal was in the interest of cricket at large,” the BCCI said in a press release.
A working committee also decided to authorise “the office bearers to enter into agreements with ICC for participating in the ICC events and host ICC events, subject to the proposal being approved in the ICC Board.”
The draft proposal of ICC will be presented to the ICC Executive Board during its meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29. The document, drafted by the ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee recommends wide-ranging changes in the ICC’s revenue distribution model (or as some would call it – grade system), administrative structures and most importantly the Future Tours Programme (FTP), which questioned the relevance of Test rankings and suggested the reinstatement of the Champions Trophy and drop the idea of World Test Championship.
Almost every recommendation of the proposal suggests that a larger share of control over world cricket to be given to the big three. It will also give them larger share of revenues, in accordacne with the ICC’s revenue growth.
The other boards outside the big three expressed mixed views on the proposal. On one hand, Cricket South Africa came out criticizing the idea saying it was “fundamentally flawed” and “in breach of the ICC constitution”, while New Zealand Cricket said it was wrong to jump to the conclusion that the proposal would be bad for cricket.
Meanwhile, FICA, which represents player associations in seven of the ICC’s ten full members, says they are “extremely concerned” with the proposal.
BCCI approves the draft proposal of ICC
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