Dubai - Cricket's
global governing body has received a thumping mandate from its members
to proceed with a broad restructure aimed at curbing the dominance of
the "Big Three" - Australia, India and England.
The sweeping changes were passed in a vote during a meeting at the
International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters in Dubai, the governing
body said in a statement Thursday.
The shake-up amends the ICC's constitution and financial structure so
that revenue is more equitably distributed among members and less power
is concentrated in the hands of the "Big Three".
It reverses a much-criticised ICC decision in 2014 to relinquish more
control to Australia, England and India, the world's most powerful
The restructure was agreed to in principle in February by the
majority of Test playing nations - including England and Australia -
but India opposed the proposal.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India stands to lose $277 million
revenue over the next eight years under the changes, with more flowing
to minor Test nations and associate members like Ireland and
"This model was passed 13 votes to one," the ICC said in a statement.
"A revised constitution was also approved by 12 votes to two," it
said, adding the changes would be put to the ICC in June for adoption.
Despite India's opposition to the reforms, it was a former BCCI boss who was instrumental in pushing through the changes.
ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, who was asked by the council to defer
his resignation last month to see the reform package through, declared
it "another step forward for world cricket".
"I am confident we can provide a strong foundation for the sport to
grow and improve globally in the future through the adoption of the
revised financial model and governance structure," he said.
The ICC also underscored its commitment to returning international cricket meets to Pakistan as long as safety is ensured.
With the exception of Zimbabwe, no international nation has toured
Pakistan since a terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in