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BCCI opposes ICC’s drive to cut financial muscle of the ‘Big Three’

MUMBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) versus the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This is how the battle is being fought as the ICC, led by Shashank Manohar,  seeks to overhaul the financial model and governance structure that empowers the cricket economy to be bullied by the ‘Big Three’.

On Saturday, the BCCI was outvoted in the ICC board meeting in Dubai.

The board’s representative Vikram Limaye opposed the changes proposed by the ICC on the ground that there was insufficient time available to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators to take an “informed view on the said proposal.”

Arguing that there was “no scientific basis behind the percentage distribution allocation that was being proposed other than good faith and equity”, Limaye requested that the proposals be taken up at the next ICC board meeting in April.

“Limaye reiterated that BCCI cannot consider these as the official base documents as the Committee of Administrators, appointed by the Supreme Court of India, was formed only four days ago and voted against the proposals,” BCCI said in a statement.

It may be recalled that under N Srinivasan’s stewardship as ICC chairman in 2014 the financial distribution got concentrated among the ‘Big Three’ cricketing nations – India, England and Australia. BCCI got the lion’s share of ICC’s profits.

ICC’s new proposals under Manohar left the BCCI with very little support.  Only Sri Lanka voted for India on Saturday. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh abstained from voting. Even Australia and England, who formed part of the ‘Big Three’, voted against the BCCI.

Manohar, the former BCCI president, said: “The proposals from the working group to reverse the resolutions of 2014 and deliver a revised constitution and financial model were accepted by the ICC Board and now we will work collectively to refine the detail for final sign-off in April. This also allows the new BCCI leadership appropriate time to appraise the detail and contribute.

“I want the ICC to be reasonable and fair in our approach to all 105 Members and the revised constitution and financial model does that. There are still details to work through and concerns to be addressed, but the principle of change is agreed and not for debate,” he added.

The final approval to the ICC decisions will be taken up once again in April 2017. In the interim period, the ICC has asked the members to recommend any changes.