Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

ICC revamp: Ehsan Mani proposes increasing number of committee members

Ehsan Mani © Getty Images
Ehsan Mani urged the ICC and the three boards — BCCI, CA and ECB — to rethink about the position of Associate and Affiliate members © Getty Images

 

By Mona Parthsarathi

 

New Delhi: Jan 30, 2014

 

Welcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) move to defer decision on its governance and financial revamp plan, former president Ehsan Mani has insisted on increasing the number of Executive committee members from five to seven so that the “the Big 3″ do not have a veto on any matter.

 

ICC’s executive board postponed its decision on the controversial ‘Position Paper’ piloted by India (BCCI), England (ECB) and Australia (CA) in the just-concluded meeting held in Dubai.

 

ICC also proposed the establishment of an Executive Committee (ExCo) and Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) to provide leadership at an operational level, with five members, including BCCI, CA and ECB representatives.

 

“I think it is the right decision. Every member should be given time to think through the consequences of the proposals contained it the Position Paper; consult with their home board directors and other stakeholders in their countries before making a final decision,” Mani, who had initiated the protest against the proposal with his 13-page assessment, told PTI from Lahore.

 

Catch all the stories on ICC’s Big Three proposal and other key events here

 

“But I have a number of concerns. Firstly, the proposed ExCo membership of 5 risks creating further tension down the line. It gives BCCI, ECB and CA effective veto powers over the committee. There should be seven members, two of whom should be independent of the ICC and any member board with expertise in finance and strategy and a good understanding of the game,” he said.

 

The clauses in the proposal paper, if approved by the Executive Board next month, will give the decision making power to these three countries.

 

He asked the ICC and the three boards to rethink about the position of Associate and Affiliate members.

 

“The statement is silent on the fact that the Associate and Affiliate members stand to lose USD 300 million. These are the countries that need the money most if ICC is committed to protect and grow the game around the world. The money taken from these countries is going to end up in the bank accounts of the three boards who have the least requirement. ICC and these three countries need to re-think this,” said the former chief of world body.

 

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) along with Cricket South Africa (CSA), Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had opposed the revamp plan.

 

When asked about the stance of his home board, PCB, Mani said that he was not concerned about one country.

 

“I do not know in detail the stance taken by the four countries. My concerns are not about individual countries, all of whom will look at their self-interests. My concern is about the well-being of the game and the responsibility of the ICC to promote and protect the game,” he said.

 

Regarding consequences of opposing the revamp plan on these boards, he felt nobody can harm their interests if they stick together.

 

“No one will suffer if they stick together. Any ICC events without these four countries would not be viable in cricketing and financial terms. Cricket cannot afford continuous strife among its members. This will damage the game and ICC’s standing in the world,” he stated.

 

Asked about the possibility of N Srinivasan becoming ICC chief with CA representative, the chairman of ExCo and ECB representative, the head of F&CA, Mani said: “If that is what the members want and agree to, that is their decision. Whoever becomes the chairman of the two committees must remember that with power comes the responsibility to serve the game not their own self interests.”

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 16, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

More

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 6 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

England Women won by 9 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

India won by 6 wkts

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 3, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 8 runs

Photos

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play cricket

Videos

Steven Finn rips apart Sussex with 6 for 80

IPL 2014: Bowlers to watch out for in the tournament

IPL 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders’ all-rounders hold key to success

IPL 2014: Utility players who can make a difference

IPL: What value does a franchisee owner bring to the side by sitting in the dugout?

Adrian Barath: West Indies’ youngest Test centurion

Australia BCCI ICC World T20 2014 India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Moments in history Mumbai Indians Pakistan PCB Sachin Tendulkar

N Srinivasan files affidavit in SC over suspension as BCCI president

Song Singh’s “Bookie Song”: the new video sensation

Sourav Ganguly’s Indian Super League bid praised by Indian footballers

Pakistan need to restore faith to bring back cricket, says ACC

IPL 2014: Shane Watson excited with Rajasthan Royals squad-depth

IPL 7: Top batsmen to watch out for

IPL 2014: Bowlers to watch out for in the tournament

IPL 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders’ all-rounders hold key to success

IPL 2014: Utility players who can make a difference

John Thayer: Only First-Class cricketer who sunk with the RMS Titanic

Fan of the Day

Cyrus Irani

Cyrus Irani

767 Posts | 24 Fans

ICC World T20 2014: Video of Virat Kohli and Kumar Sangakkara showing mutual respect after final at Dhaka

Supriya Kumari and Sachin Shroff to star in a new show, Anudamini

Dance to transform your body, mind and soul

IPL 2014: Bowlers to watch out for in the tournament

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Will Naitik support Akshara in helping Devyani?

IPL 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders’ all-rounders hold key to success

Amazon smartphone with six cameras leaked in live photos

IPL 2014: 5 must-have apps to keep track of the T20 extravaganza

IPL 2014: Chris Gayle, Mitchell Johnson or Virat Kohli – who is the fittest player? (Poll)

Also on cricketcountry.com