BCCI, ECB and CA look to take control of ICC and world game
The draft proposes an end to the Test Championship and a return of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Giles Clarke chaired ICC’s Financial and Commercial Affairs committee (Getty Images)
Jan 19, 2014
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) board members will likely come up with a new document when they meet in Dubai on Jan 28-29 that would revamp the face of Test cricket. The draft proposes to make changes on distribution of money, promotion and relegation system and a bilateral system contract to scrap the existing Future Tours Programme (FTP). It would result in England, Australia and India becoming the major decision makers of the game.
ICC’s Financial and Commercial Affairs committee that is chaired by Giles Clarke have put up those proposals as reported by The Telegraph.
As per the 21-page document, there could be a formation of an executive board consisting of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia (CA), and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Under new arrangements the document states, “CA and ECB will offer a guarantee of three Tests and five limited-overs matches per cycle to the top 8 members. No member should be forced to host uneconomic tours. There should be no ICC FTP regulation or central FTP agreement between ICC and full members.”
It is also proposes the World Test Championship shouldn’t take place and ICC Champions Trophy should replace it. Broadcasters have shown no real interest in a World Test championship. Even related to the income being distributed the rules will change, if new proposals come into place. Those boards that earn the highest revenues taking a greater share of the income.