India could boycott ICC events

  • Last Updated: January 24 2014, 7:26 GMT

India could skip major tournaments such as the World Cup unless the proposed revamp of the International Cricket Council is approved.

India: Won the 2011 World Cup but could boycott future events
India: Won the 2011 World Cup but could boycott future events

The ICC's full members are due to meet next week to discuss a 'position paper' that would see India, England and Australia take over the major decision making in world cricket.

The draft proposal has been met with cynicism in some quarters, with fears the 'big three' nations would prosper at the expense of the rest of the world.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has regularly flexed its muscle on the international stage and appears ready to do so again to push through the proposal.

Following a meeting of its Emergent Working Committee, the BCCI released a three-point statement in which it stated India's participation in world events was "subject to the proposal being approved in the ICC board".

The BCCI also described the proposal, written by the ICC's working group, as being for the benefit of the game while confirming its intention to enter into bi-lateral tours with all Test-playing nations.

"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 statement read.

"The committee unanimously made the following decisions: Formally approved the proposal of the Working Group.

"Authorised 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.

"Authorised the office bearers to discuss bilateral matches with other full members (including Pakistan) and sign formal FTP agreements."

India's absence from major tournaments would likely have significant financial implications given its economic power.

The proposal is set to be discussed by all full-member nations at the ICC executive board meeting on January 28-29.

Cricket South Africa has asked for the "fundamentally flawed" paper to be withdrawn while Cricket Sri Lanka want it to be "deferred and reconsidered on a future date".

Reports regarding the paper only surfaced last weekend, with its wide remit of recommendations ranging from scrapping the Future Tours Programme (FTP), in favour of a two-tier structure, to remodelling how revenue is distributed amongst the ICC's members.

The key proposal, however, is the formation of the four-man ExCo, on which the BCCI, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and Cricket Australia (CA) board members would all be guaranteed a place and would elect the fourth member.

The powers of the proposed executive committee would supersede those of the ICC's executive board - a panel in which all the full-member nations sit to agree major decisions - effectively reducing the control of the other nations.

The controversial proposal has been met with "extreme concern" from the union representing international players.

The Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) chairman Paul Marsh believes the proposals in the document will serve only to widen the gap between the 'big three' countries and the rest.

He called on the other seven full-member nations to vote out the proposal next week or be left to "wither on the vine".

"After reviewing the working group's proposal, the FICA board and our members are extremely concerned about the future of international cricket," Marsh said in a statement.

"This proposal is designed to vest control of the game in the three boards of India, Australia and England.

"It is not in the best interests of the global game and we have real fears that it will only serve to strengthen the 'big three' countries whilst the rest are left to wither on the vine.

"The game deserves far better than this and all within FICA call on the other seven ICC board members to reject this proposal at next week's board meeting. The future of the game depends on them doing so."

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