ICC to re-es­tab­lish in­de­pen­dent po­si­tion of chair­man

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) has moved ahead with its pro­posal of lim­it­ing the power of the 'Big Three' by agree­ing to re­move their per­ma­nent po­si­tions from two key com­mit­tees. The Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI), Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) and Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) held per­ma­nent seats on the five-mem­ber Fi­nance & Com­mer­cial Affairs Com­mit­tee and the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

The amend­ment was aimed at al­low­ing fair ac­cess to mem­ber­ship for all Full and As­so­ciate Mem­ber di­rec­tors, with the 'sole cri­te­ria be­ing the skill, com­pe­tence and ex­pe­ri­ence of the rel­e­vant di­rec­tor.' A con­tro­ver­sial and wide-rang­ing shake up of the ICC in 2014 gave In­dia - which con­trib­utes 80 per cent of global rev­enues -- and fel­low pow­er­houses Eng­land and Aus­tralia, con­trol how cricket affairs were run.

The change in the struc­ture also ended the Fu­tures Tour Pro­gramme (FTP) with coun­tries in­stead ne­go­ti­at­ing se­ries bi­lat­er­ally through to 2023, al­low­ing In­dia, Eng­land and Aus­tralia to pick and choose who they want to play over the next decade and avoid un­prof­itable or in­con­ve­nient tours. Though there were ' dis­cus­sions' over how the FTP ought to be struc­tured there was no clear in­di­ca­tion that the ICC would re­vert back to the old, cen­tralised sys­tem for sched­ul­ing tours.

The ICC Board also agreed to re-es­tab­lish the 'in­de­pen­dent' po­si­tion of the gov­ern­ing body's chair­man"in or­der to avoid any po­ten­tial con­flicts of in­ter­est and to fol­low best prac­tice prin­ci­ples of good gov­er­nance." It was agreed that a new Chair­man should be elected by the Board for a two-year term com­menc­ing at the June 2016 meet­ing through a se­cret bal­lot­ing process over­seen by the ICC's in­de­pen­dent Au­dit Com­mit­tee Chair­man. "We had very pur­pose­ful and pos­i­tive meet­ings, and the de­ci­sions taken clearly re­flect that we col­lec­tively want to im­prove the gov­er­nance in a trans­par­ent man­ner, not only of the ICC but also the Mem­ber Boards," ICC Chair­man Mr Shashank Manohar said in press re­lease.

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