ICC's reforms shot down

2012-02-14 10:11

New Delhi - The International Cricket Council's plans to restructure itself received a setback on Tuesday when the powerful Indian board shot down proposals from a review panel.

The ICC had ordered an independent review, headed by Harry Woolf, former lord chief justice of England and Wales, to find the best way forward for the sport's world governing body.

The review called for sweeping changes in the ICC's administration, including the induction of independent members to the executive board to offset the dominance of the Test-playing countries.

The executive board currently comprises the heads of all 10 Test nations, three representatives from the non-Test countries, the ICC's president, vice-president and chief executive.

Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said his board's working committee had rejected the Woolf report at its meeting in Chennai on Monday.

"The working committee was of the opinion that these recommendations were not acceptable and rejected it," Srinivasan told reporters.

"It was in particular not agreeable to the changes in the structure of the management of ICC that had been proposed."

India's stand is the first time a national board has spoken publicly about the Woolf report which is set to be discussed at the next meeting of the ICC's executive board in April.

India, the financial nerve-centre of cricket which reportedly contributes almost 70 percent of the revenues worldwide, has often been accused of bulldozing its way in the ICC.

The BCCI's refusal to accept the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), a technological aid for umpires, has already earned the wrath of many other countries.


  • Robin - 2012-02-14 10:51

    Once again the Cheaters of world cricket - (India are bigger cheaters than Pakistan IMO) have a say... And get away with it.. DRS is gonna kill their money making bets..

  • pieterduplessis - 2012-02-14 10:52

    I must say, the BCCI acts in the way that they have rightfully criticise the English Cricket Board for decades. They are acting like real pommies. It has even gone so far that I am supporting Aus when they are playing against India - so sad.

  • Beth - 2012-02-14 11:22

    So why is one country allowed to call the shots? If this is the case, why is there even an ICC? Yes, they do generate the lion's share of the money, but then maybe the world should be told that actually the BCCI runs world cricket, and the ICC are there "yes" men who implement their wishes!!

      Beth - 2012-02-14 11:23

      Ooops - glaring spelling error! should read ... and the ICC are their "yes" men...

  • Nick - 2012-02-14 11:22

    I have always loved Indian cricket (I love her people) - however - India has become far, far too strong in world cricket! They think they 'own' the game. Already we see the plethora of T20 rubbish (the IPL - which means absolutely nothing to the world of cricket outside of India - and simply is a cash bonus for players) and the Champions League bollocks - the real reason why the Proteas only played 2 Tests vs Australia.. Test cricket being sacrificed in the name of T20, Indian-inspired, rubbish! Let the game rather die than continue in such vein - or, at least, be played amongst genuine Test cricket loving nations... Because of India - we don't have DRS as a uniform in world cricket - what are they scared of?? That the TV replays will show-up the mistakes umpires make in favour of India...?? Bribery of umpires will become a non-issue..??? They've gone from being my 2nd favourite team before - to last now. I sincerly hope that every team that plays them - beats them - especially in Tests. They must be taught a lesson on the field - that they don't 'own' cricket - and for all their 'prostituted' money - with their 'prostituted' money-only tournaments (ie meaningless in cricketing value - eg IPL) - their national team still gets thrashed - GOOD! I Loved - just loved - the Aussies' recent 4-0 Test series white-wash thrashing of them! :) Puts their real cricket talent into perspective... Go Aussie in the Commonwealth Bank series too - thrash them in the ODI's!

      pieterduplessis - 2012-02-14 13:15

      Maybe if Tendulkar is given unfairly out on 99 DRS will be accepted within a week.

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