Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Cricket to be run by India, England & Australia?  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 22/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN -Arab News) India, England and Australia would have near complete control over international cricket in major changes being considered by the game’s governing body to possibly come into play next year

A 21-page document from the International Cricket Council’s influential financial and commercial affairs committee proposes that a new four-member executive committee be set up, with three of the places taken by the rich and powerful India, England and Australia boards. They will decide on the fourth member

The “Position Paper” also recommends the troubled Test Championship which was set for introduction in 2017 be scrapped and the limited-overs Champions Trophy be retained in its place

A promotion-relegation system to establish a reduced eight-country top tier for test cricket from 2015 is suggested instead, but with India, England and Australia, the so-called big three, immune from relegation because of “the importance of those markets and teams to prospective ICC media rights buyers.” The paper sets out a business model where India would receive the largest portion of ICC revenue, followed by England and Australia, and says that cricket should be run more as a “meritocracy” — effectively where those who raise the most money control the finances, irrelevant to how the big three perform on the field

“As part of the process, the leading countries of India, England and Australia have agreed that they will provide greater leadership at and of the ICC,” the proposal document said, although it’s uncertain if the ICC itself or the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia are leading the reforms

Officials from the BCCI, ECB and CA reportedly first presented the document to other countries at a meeting this month, with ICC officials even having limited knowledge of the proposals

The ICC said it would not comment on the proposals until they are discussed by its board at the end of this month. They will be considered and could be put to a vote at the ICC meeting on Jan. 27-29 in Dubai

While the paper recognizes some realities, including that India is by far the dominant country because of the money it raises from its billion-strong cricket-mad population, and is followed distantly by England and Australia, the changes also threaten to undermine smaller cricket countries

South Africa, which has the top-ranked test team but not the financial clout of the other three, was the first country to express public opposition to the proposals because they hadn’t followed the correct procedure of consultation within the ICC

Cricket South Africa said on Monday the proposals were therefore “fundamentally flawed.” The Pakistan Cricket Board said it was seeking guidance from the country’s prime minister over the proposals, which it called “important matters of national interest.” Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage reportedly described the report as “a serious challenge to the Sri Lanka cricket setup.” Zimbabwe Cricket head Peter Chingoka declined detailed comment but said “It’s just a proposal.” The overall angle of the document is that cricket, especially test cricket, is often not financially viable outside of the big three countries

Instead of the Test Championship, the two lowest-ranked of the 10 test-playing nations — currently Bangladesh and Zimbabwe — would be relegated from the format next year and have to fight their way back up to the top division through the four-day Intercontinental Cup and then a playoff. If a relegated nation doesn’t win back its place in the top tier on the first attempt, it would lose money from the ICC

The proposals do offer associate members Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and Scotland a chance to play tests through promotion, and a test cricket fund would give money to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies

Along with conceding that the Test Championship is likely doomed, the “working group” which put together the proposals also recognized that limited-overs cricket continues to pay for the five-day game, which is struggling to make money outside major contests like the Ashes series

In future, test series would be bilateral agreements between two countries, the paper proposed, moving away from the ICC-controlled Future Tours Program. It gives India, England and Australia greater scope to avoid unprofitable series against smaller teams

New Zealand Cricket partially backed the new proposals if the current test calendar, which is planned to 2020, is kept

“We must have a test-playing program which sees New Zealand playing all of the major countries in the same sort of cyclical way as we have been doing,” NZC director Martin Snedden said. “That is a fundamental outcome for us and just about every other country.” Yet the proposals require India, England and Australia to play only a minimum of three tests and five limited-overs matches — effectively one series — against each of the other teams in an eight-year cycle.


Arab News

  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 13 2015 - France signs deals worth $10 bn with Saudi ArabiaAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) France on Tuesday announced a series of deals worth 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion) with Saudi Arabia, reinforcing growing ties between the two countries. Prime Minister Manuel Valls ...

 Oct 13 2015 - 27 Palestinians killed since beginning of OctoberJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) The number of Palestinians who have been killed since the beginning of October due to confrontations with Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank, occupied Jerusalem ...

 Oct 13 2015 - Jordan- Social development minister, Saudi counterpart discuss cooperationJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Minister of Social Development Reem Abu Hassan on Tuesday, discussed with Saudi Minister of Social Affairs Majid Al Qasabi, means to boost social cooperation between the ...

 Oct 13 2015 - Two Israelis killed, 16 others injured in occupied JerusalemJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) An Israeli soldier was killed and 16 others were injured in a shooting an stabbing attack carried out by two Palestinians inside an Israeli bus in Jabel Mukaber ...

 Oct 13 2015 - UAE- Nedaa to feature latest technological innovations in LTE mobile broadband communications at GITEXEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 13th October 2015 (WAM) -- Nedaa the Dubai Government's professional communication corporation has announced its participation in the 35th edition of ...

 Oct 13 2015 - UAE- RAK Ruler receives Secretary General of the Supreme Council of the UnionEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) RAS AL-KHAIMAH 13th October 2015 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah today received Hamad Abdul ...

 Oct 13 2015 - Mohammed bin Rashid pays his respects on death of martyr Sultan Al MazrouieEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) KALBA 13th October 2015 (WAM) -- Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has offered ...

 Oct 13 2015 - UAE- Eye on Earth Summit calls for practical action to support 2030 sustainable development agendaEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 13th October 2015 (WAM) -- The second Eye on Earth Summit has concluded with a commitment from delegates to implement a number of mechanisms ...

 Oct 13 2015 - Yemeni Minister of Human Rights: UAE plays a major role in restoring stability in YemenEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) CAIRO 13th October 2015 (WAM) --Yemen's Minister of Human Rights Izz Al-Din Al-Asbahi has praised the leading role played by the United Arab Emirates in ...

 Oct 13 2015 - UAE- EGA sponsors Montessori Model United Nations conference to empower tomorrow's leadersEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 13th October 2015 (WAM) -- As part of its commitment to supporting education initiatives in the UAE Emirates Global Aluminium EGA sponsored 150 ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help