BCCI dominates the ICC: FICA survey

Haroon Lorgat (L), the ICC Chief Executive talks to Tim May, Chief Executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) during the ICC Committee meeting held recently in London Getty Images

Melbourne: Jun 2, 2011

More than two-thirds of international players in a recent survey conducted by Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) believe that Indian Cricket Board exerts unfair influence on International Cricket Council’s decision-making. About 40 percent of them said they were willing to skip national duty for playing in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) run by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Asked if ICC decision-making was influenced unfairly by the power of BCCI, 69 percent said ‘yes’ while 31 percent answered ‘don’t know’. None of the respondents gave a definitive ‘no’ in the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations survey of 45 international players during the recent World Cup in the subcontinent.

No Indian player is a member of FICA.

FICA chief executive Tim May, who released the survey results, said the findings raised important issues, with 46 percent of the players saying the structure and composition of the ICC executive board should be reviewed.

“Players have highlighted that the governance of the game is a serious issue. FICA have continually advocated for a review of the game’s governance. Its present structure is outdated, full of conflicts, cronyism and far from best practice,” he said.

Interestingly, nearly a third of players polled said they would retire early from international cricket to play exclusively in Indian Premier League, citing fears over fixture clashes curbing their participation in IPL.

Around 40 percent of players feel that given the magnitude of salaries being offered by the IPL, they could envisage a day where they would rank their obligations to IPL and other T20 events ahead of obligations to their home boards.

And, 94 percent of the players believed that superior salaries offered by the IPL would motivate younger players to hone their skills principally to Twenty20.