ICC to review ‘Big Three’ restructuring

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What : Review Big Three’ restructuring
Who : International Cricket Council
When : February 03,2016

The International Cricket Council (ICC) decided on Thursday to completely review the constitutional changes which gave the major powers and revenues to Australia, England and India two years ago.

“The Board has agreed to carry out a complete review of the 2014 constitutional changes with a view to establishing governance, finance, corporate and cricketing structures that are appropriate and effective,” the ICC said in a press release after Thursday’s meeting.

On the cards

The review has been on the cards since India’s Shashank Manohar replaced N. Srinivasan last year. “I don’t agree with the three major countries bullying the ICC,” Manohar had said last year.

The ICC said it would seek independent governance by electing a chairman who is not associated with any member board.

“In order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and to follow best practice principles of good governance, the ICC would seek to re-establish, as quickly as possible, the ‘independent’ position of ICC chairman,” the ICC said.

That will be done by electing a new chairman in the June 2016 meeting, it said, adding that “while in the office, the ICC chairman will not be allowed to hold any post with any member board”.

The permanent positions of “Big Three” in the executive and finance committees are also removed.

ICC chairman Manohar said the body was seeking improved governance. “The decisions taken clearly reflect that we collectively want to improve the governance in a transparent manner, not only of the ICC but also the Member Boards,” he said.

“No member of the ICC is bigger than the other.”

There was a detailed discussion on the future structure and scheduling of international cricket, including the impact of Twenty20 leagues on the international game.

This discussion was directed towards building a clearer cricket calendar with greater context, being underpinned by an appropriate funding model. The ICC will engage with relevant stakeholders, including player representatives to prepare various cricketing models.

The ICC Board also reinstated Sri Lanka’s membership which was suspended after alleged involvement by the government, a breach under the ICC’s constitution.