Fans blast ICC 'Big 3' plan

2014-01-28 13:00
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Cape Town - Sport24 readers have blasted the International Cricket Council's (ICC) proposal for greater decision-making powers for a three-strong group of the Board of Control for Cricket.

VIDEO: Jonty Rhodes on ICC's 'Big 3'

The trio concerned are India, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board - who between them represent the game's wealthiest nations.

The ICC are due to discuss the controversial plan - which has been drafted because of an apparent threat by India to withdraw from major global events unless there is radical reform of the ICC - in Dubai on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The proposal has come under attack from many former cricket legend and luminaries including Ali Bacher, Michael Atherton and Ehsan Mani, while former Proteas player Jonty Rhodes expressed serious doubts the proposal would go forward.

This is what Sport24 readers had to say about the proposal:

"You can't have a 'global sport' that is dominated by only three teams." - RB

"Why not just get rid of cricket as a whole , as they say the 3 nations can play amongst one another till , the world loses interest." - Avon Asac

"How long would it take before Indian fans get bored of only seeing their team play against Australia and England?" - Richard Payne

"Your plan is exactly what is wrong with this world. We, the world play cricket, yet a few character in cricket reduce everything to money, profit, power and ultimately self-enrichment." - Tilo Van Brandis

"What the Hell is going on here ? India, England and Australia want to reap the financial rewards of Cricket and Just play each other ? Bye Bye Cricket." - Darren Peach

"If this ever happened I would stop supporting cricket and would hope that SA would boycott this and refuse to play." - Jeff Meneses

"lol i thnk they a'fraid off us dominating cricket. England use our players in ther team. We will become much stronger in the next ten years." - Rico Davids

"It will benefit them in the short term,but after a while people will get bored and just stay away, and television rights and all the financial benefits will dwindle and in the end cricket will die a slow death." - Edward Pretorius

"This Triad can go to hell, this is going to come back and bit them!" - Paul Mark Maarman

"India not PLAYING ICC events does not necessarily mean that Indian viewers won't WATCH those events. Yes, there may be fewer Indian viewers if India is not playing. But it's not a 100% reduction. India would still pay a hefty amount to screen the WC." - RB

"Ideally, the rest of the cricketing world should stand together and shun India." - MJ

"Just remember if there is no BCCI then there is no ICC. They already run the icc this is just a formality" - Siakha Bin Gxagxa

Remember the 'Golden Rule'; Whoever has the gold makes the rules.

"It's all there quite clearly in paragragraph fifteen, it's all about the money. Reading between the lines, the BCCI really don't give a rats rump for the ACB or the ECB, they're just political tools in the game. If the power brokers of the two so called 'allied' boards cannot see this, they're idiots.The BCCI's intentions are so self serving it's laughable. Woe betide the game of cricket." - Michael Moolman

"Complete insanity driven by a power and money obsessed BCCI and their two henchmen England and Australia. This must be resisted at all costs." - Jeremy Forbes

This 'contributing 80% to the ICC funds' is a total crock of crap.

"The money comes from TV Production companies, not the BCCI, and whilst its true that the mass Indian market is responsible for 80% of that value, the BCCI DO NOT OWN THE INDIAN PUBLIC." - Damian Hickey

"Greed will kill this sport." - Joshua Nkambule

"Now is the time to give the BCCI the finger. Let them boycott international cricket and let us see how long they can hold out. With no more international games who are they going to play against?" - Joe Massa

Cricket's "Big Three" could exclude the top Test playing cricket nation in the world, the Proteas. (Gallo Images)

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