Singapore - Cricket South Africa has voted in favour of the International Cricket Council's proposals effectively placing Australia, England and India in charge of the game.The International Cricket Council board Saturday approved
wide-ranging structural and governance reforms despite complaints that
they place too much power in the hands of the "Big Three" of India,
England and Australia.
The proposals were passed after gaining the
support of eight of the ICC's 10 full members, with Sri Lanka and
Pakistan - who have both been vocally opposed - abstaining, a
The package resolution, passed at a meeting in
Singapore, includes setting up a five-man executive council with seats
reserved for India, England and Australia, the sport's leading financial
And N. Srinivasan of India, which contributes the lion's
share of cricket's global revenues, will chair the ICC board from the
middle of this year.
"I think it was a very good meeting, there
was general agreement and all very satisfactory," said England and Wales
Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke.
South Africa had previously
opposed the reforms, which met with virulent opposition after they were
debated at a board meeting in Dubai last month.
But South African
board member Chris Nenzani was one of the eight to vote in favour at a
luxury hotel in Singapore on Saturday. He did not answer questions about
the meeting as he left.
Members of the cricket establishment have
lined up to criticise the proposals, with Imran Khan calling them
"colonial" and Lord Harry Woolf, author of a report into the ICC's
governance, saying they were "entirely motivated by money".
reforms passed on Saturday include setting up a Test Cricket Fund
available to all full members except India, England and Australia, and a
move to make it easier for other countries to gain Test status.
proposed World Test Championship, which was due to debut in 2017, has
been axed with the Champions Trophy -- an eight-country tournament in
the one-day format - continuing in 2017 and 2021.
impossible to come up with a format for a four-team finals event in Test
cricket that fits the culture of Test cricket and preserves the
integrity of the format," an ICC release said.
And a new financial
model will recognise members' contributions in terms of finance,
history and on-field performances, a moved aimed at providing "long-term
certainty of participation" as they negotiate TV and sponsorship deals.
were eight full members who were in a position to support the
resolution today and the two who have abstained have pledged to further
discuss the issues with an aim to reaching unanimous approval over the
coming weeks," said ICC president Alan Isaac.
Nishantha Ranatunga said he would now discuss the proposals with his
board, while Pakistan representative Zaka Ashraf declined to talk to