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ICC approves wide-ranging reforms; Pakistan, Sri Lanka abstain from voting

ICC draft was approved despite complaints that they place too much power in the hands of the of India, England and Australia © Getty Images
ICC draft was approved despite complaints that they place too much power in the hands of India, England and Australia © Getty Images

Feb 8, 2014

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday approved wide-ranging structural and governance reforms despite complaints that they place too much power in the hands of the “Big Three” of India, England and Australia.

The proposals were passed after gaining the support of eight of the ICC’s 10 full members, with Sri Lanka and Pakistan — who have both been vocally opposed — abstaining, a spokesman said.

The package resolution, passed at a meeting in Singapore, includes setting up a five-man executive council with seats reserved for India, England and Australia, the sport’s leading financial powers.

And N Srinivasan of India, which contributes the lion’s share of cricket’s global revenues, will chair the ICC board from the middle of this year.

Srinivasan shall be the chairman from July 2014. India will get 80 per cent of revenue.

“There were eight full members who were in a position to support the resolution today and the two who have abstained have pledged to further discuss the issues with an aim to reaching unanimous approval over the coming weeks,” said ICC president Alan Isaac.

The Test Championship idea has been rejected and the ICC Champions Trophy is back and will be held in 2017 and 2021.

It was decided that the winner of the next ICC Intercontinental Cup will play the bottom-ranked Test side in a play-off. The team winning the play-off will be given Test status.

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