Dubai - The
International Cricket Council has moved closer to a radical shake-up to
pave the way for Afghanistan and Ireland to become Test nations and
restrict the power of the 'Big Three' of India, England and Australia.
a meeting at its Dubai headquarters, cricket's global governing body
said Saturday it had reached "agreement in principle to constitutional
and financial change, further progress on future international cricket
structures and agreement around the consistent use of DRS (the Decision
Among key proposals are that the top nine
Test-playing countries will compete among themselves in a rolling
two-year league and against the three lower-ranked teams.
three would comprise Zimbabwe, with Ireland and Afghanistan also in line
to become full or Test members provided, the ICC said, they met
Meanwhile a 13-team one-day international
league would be run over a three-year period leading into qualification
for the 2023 World Cup.
Plans are also in place for a regional
Twenty20 competition structure to be developed as a pathway to
qualification for the ICC World T20.
The ICC statement said: "A
scheduling summit will now be held in March before a detailed proposal
is put to the ICC board in April."
The aim is to provide greater
"context" for bilateral matches and ICC chief executive David Richardson
added: "The ICC chief executives' committee has explored a whole range
of solutions to the future structure of bilateral cricket ranging from
the status quo to two tier leagues and every possible option
The former South Africa wicket-keeper added: "The
model the group has agreed on enables us to provide context for all
three formats of the game and in the case of the ODI and T20 solutions
the approach goes beyond the full members and aligns bilateral cricket
with qualification for ICC events."
2014, control of the ICC was effectively ceded to the 'Big Three' with
many observers arguing they took too large a share of the game's global
But under the guidance of India's Shashank Manohar, the
current ICC chairman, the governing body has been trying to curb the
power of the 'Big Three'.
The ICC said the "broader principles"
that have been agreed included a "revised financial distribution
ensuring a more equitable distribution of revenues" and the "equal
weight of votes for all board members regardless of membership status".
"Today was an important step forward for the future of the ICC and cricket around the world," said Manohar.
proposals from the working group to reverse the resolutions of 2014 and
deliver a revised constitution and financial model were accepted by the
ICC board and now we will work collectively to refine the detail for
final sign-off in April.
"I want the ICC to be reasonable and
fair in our approach to all 105 Members and the revised constitution and
financial model does that," he added.
The ICC's announcement came
just days after India's Supreme Court appointed a top anti-corruption
troubleshooter on Monday as head of a team to oversee the Board of
Control for Cricket in India - the financial powerhouse of the global
game -- after sacking its top officials for failing to implement
Former government auditor Vinod Rai, who exposed major
corruption scandals under the previous government, will head the new
committee of administrators to run the Indian board.