ICC re­view­ing stance against govt in­ter­fer­ence

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DUBAI

The ICC is re­view­ing its stance against gov­ern­ment in­volve­ment in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of cricket in its Mem­bers, the ICC pres­i­dent Alan Isaac has said. Re­moval of gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence had been one of the Woolf re­port rec­om­men­da­tions ap­proved by the ICC but Isaac said it had recog­nised the role gov­ern­ments played in de­vel­op­ing cricket in sev­eral coun­tries and is re­think­ing its po­si­tion.

"In the ICC an­nual con­fer­ence, we made some changes and in­tro­duced some oner­ous penal­ties if they [is­sues re­lated to gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence] are not com­plied with," Isaac said in Dhaka. "In the last meet­ing, we dis­cussed the is­sues and the re­al­i­ties are we need to re­flect on per­haps the dra­co­nian na­ture of some of those re­quire­ments.

"In this part of the world and lots of other coun­tries, quite hon­estly, cricket and other sports de­pend on the gov­ern­ment. We are hav­ing a lit­tle bit of post-change re­view. I am not mak­ing any com­ment about what those changes might re­sult to, but I think we are hav­ing a pe­riod of re­flec­tion."

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is one of those bod­ies that has his­tor­i­cally had its pres­i­dent ap­pointed by the gov­ern­ment. Cur­rent BCB pres­i­dent Naz­mul Hasan was also ap­pointed by the gov­ern­ment af­ter Mustafa Ka­mal was made the ICC vice-pres­i­dent and had to re­lin­quish his po­si­tion with the board.

Among other boards, Sri Lanka Cricket board mem­bers are elected, how­ever ma­jor fi­nan­cial ex­pen­di­tures must be ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment, and the sports min­is­ter must also ap­prove squad se­lec­tions. This power was most con­spic­u­ously used in 2008, when the sports min­is­ter in­ter­vened to re­vive the ca­reer of Sanath Jaya­suriya, who be­came a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment with the gov­ern­ing party in 2010, while he was still play­ing.

The PCB chair­man is also ap­pointed by the pres­i­dent of Pak­istan, who is the chief pa­tron of the board. The chief pa­tron also has the power to re­lieve the PCB chair­man of his post, and must ap­prove the ap­point­ment of the gov­ern­ing board mem­bers.

"Ev­ery coun­try has unique cir­cum­stances and unique way to deal with mat­ters," a top PCB of­fi­cial told ESPNcricinfo. "A stand­alone prob­lem for Pak­istan is to bring in­ter­na­tional cricket back to the coun­try and we can't en­sure that with­out the help of the gov­ern­ment." The PCB had al­ready con­veyed to the ICC the sen­si­tiv­ity of the mat­ter in Pak­istan, and hinted at its re­luc­tance to adapt the rec­om­men­da­tion.

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