Big Three: Pak, SL, SA seek time to review ‘position paper’




Zaka Ashraf said that PCB will present its strong stance on ICC’s ‘position paper.’ 

After chorus of criticism regarding plans to effectively cede control of world cricket to India, Australia and England, the boards of three countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa have sought time to review the proposed draft.

The proposals need seven votes from the International Cricket Council’s 10 leading nations to pass.

Leaked draft proposals to be discussed at a two-day International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Dubai on Tuesday and Wednesday call for more decision-making powers for a three-strong group of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board, who between them represent the game s wealthiest nations.

During meeting at ICC headquarters in Dubai, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf said that time should be given to review the proposed draft.

He further stated that Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa have also sought postponement of the matter.

He said that PCB will present its strong stance on ICC’s ‘position paper.’

Zaka Ashraf also said that India’s offer for series on a neutral venue is also being reviewed.

Meanwhile Transparency International issued a statement on Monday saying the “intention to entrench a privileged position for  The Big Three  appears to be an abuse of entrusted power for private gain, giving them disproportionate, unaccountable and unchallengeable authority”.

If adopted, the plan would also mean the end of the ICC s existing Future Tours Programme, a system which compels the leading 10 Test nations to play each other during a set period.

But the plan s supporters argue boards would be freed from “unviable” tours, whatever their merit in cricketing terms, and that this would lead  the seven  beyond the  Big Three  to become more financially self-sufficient.


Division and strife in world cricket


Nevertheless, Cricket South Africa and Sri Lanka Cricket, representing two leading countries, if not two of the most financially powerful, have both called for the withdrawal of the  position paper .

Leading former senior administrators, led by Pakistan s one-time ICC president Ehsan Mani, have also denounced the  Big Three  plan.

“Why does the BCCI need more money at the expense of other countries?,” Mani wrote in an open letter to the ICC, adding more funds should be diverted to cricket s junior nations.

“If cricket could be established properly in the United States of America and China and become an Olympic sport, the ICC could double its revenues in real terms over the next 10-15 years,” he said.

“This requires vision and a less parochial approach.”

Ali Bacher, a former South Africa captain, warned of dire consequences if the  Big Three  plan was adopted.

“The Position Paper put forward by BCCI, ECB and CA if accepted would lead to division and strife in world cricket as never seen before,” wrote Bacher.



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