BCCI kept out of working group to revise ICC governance structure: Report

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The International Cricket Council has not given the Board of Control for Cricket in India any representation in the newly-formed working group that will consider the new governance structure of the ICC.

Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Earl Eddings, helming the working group, along with Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, New Zealand Cricket chairman Greg Barclay, Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani, Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt and Cricket Scotland chairman Tony Brian will reportedly carry out the governance reforms in the ICC.

The primary objective of the group is to get in more independent directors in the powerful ICC board.

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Just like the BCCI , England and Wales Cricket Board (BCCI) too has kept out of the group, which has allegedly been formed to further negate the impact of the ‘Big Three’ model. The ‘Big Three’ model had assured a bigger share in the ICC revenues for India, England and Australia.

The move to keep India and England out of the new working hold the threat of further reducing BCCI’s share in the ICC revenue, national daily Times of India has reported.

“The ICC has been consciously trying to go back to the model that was followed from 1998 to 2016. The ICC’s revenues have grown significantly and the BCCI gets a fair share. The other established member boards are struggling with finances and the associates need more funding. That’s why it was first suggested in the annual meeting in London in July that ICC should hold its own events every year to generate more revenue but the BCCI disowned the proposal,” the daily has quoted sources in the ICC as saying.

“The management in the ICC believes that previous model was fair than the model suggested by the previous BCCI regime.”

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The BCCI has been contending that it should get more percentage of the revenues than others as it generates maximum revenues but the ICC, led by chairman Shashank Manohar, had slashed BCCI’s proposed share in the preceding years.

Infighting within the BCCI has reportedly caught BCCI off guard about this potential ICC blow. CEO Rahul Johri, nominated by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators to attend the ICC board meeting last week, was not informed about this development. BCCI’s representative, incumbent acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, was aware when the group was constituted. “There is no BCCI in place at the moment. There is no point in discussing things with CoA chief Vinod Rai and Johri. The man that needs to be spoken to is BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly. And that will happen after he assumes office on October 23,” a top BCCI official has told the daily.

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