India, Oz, England may take ‘far greater’ control of world cricket under new ICC proposal

London, Jan 19: India, Australia and England may reportedly take far greater control of world cricket if a proposed draft for the wholesale reform of international cricket gets the go-ahead.

A position paper from the ICC’s financial and commercial affairs group advocates the formation of a new executive committee, with responsibility for ‘all constitutional, personnel, integrity, ethics, development and nominations matters, as well as all matters regarding financial distributions from the ICC’.

According to The Guardian, three of the four members of this committee would come from England, Australia and India, while the chairmanship of the ICC, a new position due to be filled this year, would also rotate between the three countries.

Refuting notions of a ‘power grab’, the draft argues that it merely recognises the fact that England, Australia and India are ‘the primary revenue contributing members’ of the ICC and ‘structurally commits them to the leadership and continued success of the ICC as a member-led, member-driven organisation’.

In one more proposal, it is recommended that the three countries are given exemption from being relegated from the top tier of Test cricket ‘solely to protect ICC income due to the importance of those markets and teams to prospective ICC media rights buyers’, the report added. (ANI)