ICC keeps BCCI out as it revises governance structure

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Author 2019-10-22 00:07:00

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NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board's (BCCI) tiff with the International Cricket Council (ICC) is growing by the day. In a move which can potentially eat into India's share in revenue, the ICC has kept BCCI out of the newly-formed working group which will consider the future governance structure of the ICC. The group will challenge the membership status that will allow more independent directors in the ICC board.

TOI has learnt that the group has been formed to further negate the impact of the 'Big Three' model which was formed to ensure India, Australia and England receive the lion's share of ICC revenues. Interestingly, the working group doesn't have any representation from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) too. The group which is suggested to carry out the governance reforms will be headed by Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Earl Eddings and supported by Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, New Zealand Cricket chairman Greg Barclay, Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani, Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt and Cricket Scotland chairman Tony Brian. Interestingly, an ICC working group usually has CEOs and member representatives of boards in a fair ratio

"The ICC has been consciously trying to go back to the model that was followed from 1998 to 2016. The ICC's revenues have grown significantly and the BCCI gets a fair share. The other established member boards are struggling with finances and the associates need more funding. That's why it was first suggested in the annual meeting in London in July that ICC should hold its own events every year to generate more revenue but the BCCI disowned the proposal," sources in the ICC told TOI. "The management in the ICC believes that previous model was fair than the model suggested by the previous BCCI regime," the source added. BCCI has been contending that it should get more percentage of the revenues than others as it generates maximum revenues but the ICC, led by chairman Shashank Manohar, had slashed BCCI's proposed share in the preceding years.

However, BCCI, fighting its administrative shenanigans, has been caught off guard. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who was nominated by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators to attend the ICC board meeting last week, was not informed about this development. BCCI's representative, incumbent acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, was aware when the group was constituted. "There is no BCCI in place at the moment. There is no point in discussing things with CoA chief Vinod Rai and Johri. The man that needs to be spoken to is BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly. And that will happen after he assumes office on October 23," a top BCCI official told TOI.

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