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Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards supports ICC’s ‘Big Three’ proposal

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Wally Edwards was critical of the Player Union’s criticism of the ‘Big Three’ proposal © Getty Images

Jan 22, 2014

Cricket Australia’s chairman Wally Edwards has responded to criticism from player unions of the ‘Big Three’ proposal, which may change the way in which the International Cricket Council (ICC) is being run.

Edwards was majorly incensed about the fact that the Federation of International  Cricketer’s Association (FICA) had taken its duties to the ICC very lightly, reported Cricket.com.au.

“As board directors of the ICC, the chairmen of the BCCI, Cricket Australia and ECB owe fiduciary duties to the ICC that include putting the interests of the ICC ahead of those of their individual boards, a duty to remain loyal to the ICC and avoid conflicts of interests and to act in good faith to promote the success of the ICC. We seriously question whether all of these duties have been met,” said FICA chairman Paul Marsh.

Cricket Australia’s commitment to its ICC membership was for the interests of cricket as a whole, said Edwards in a statement released by Australia’s chief cricketing body.

“Traditionally, CA does not comment on ICC discussions it is about to have – we talk to other ICC nations across the table rather than via the media. But we were today disappointed to see FICA question whether CA and others have met their fiduciary duties as ICC members.

Setting aside the fact that we are yet to discuss and vote, CA’s approach internationally is consistent with its approach at home where we have made significant strides improving the governance of Australian cricket,” said the statement.

If the propositions which have been put forward to make changes in the ICC do get approved then Edwards along with his counterparts from England and India would be able to form an executive committee that will control all decision making of the ICC.

Also there will be a change in the revenue distribution model that will see the shares of each of the ‘Big Three’ increasing many fold.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has also entered the discussion especially after they were excluded from the top level and it wants the ICC to withdraw its draft of new regulations which was prepared by a group of the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee, since they feel that it is legally flawed due to certain procedures not being followed.

“There will be a discussion in the next few days among the ICC’s full member nations about possible changes to how the ICC works,” said Edwards.

“CA’s view going into that discussion is that we need to continue to promote international cricket competitions including the primacy of Test cricket, we need to improve global cricket leadership and we support that members should be working to promote the interest of the game as their priority,” concluded Edwards.

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