Amid speculations in the global media over discarding the ‘Big-Three’ formula from the ICC’s constitution, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has finally come out with its statement, which said that the cricket boards of Australia, India and England will no longer be deemed as the permanent members of the International Cricket Council’s executive committee. The statement said that the ICC will soon review all its 2014 constitutional amendments that were adopted during the Big-Three take over.
“The Board agreed to approve changes to the terms of reference of the Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee and Executive Committee so as to remove the permanent positions for the nominees of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on these committees, and to allow fair access to membership for all Full and Associate Member directors, with the sole criteria being the skill, competence and experience of the relevant director. To that end, the present composition of the committees will be reviewed in their entirety in June 2016,” the ICC media release said.
In 2014, the boards of Australia, England and India have been successful in bringing out key modifications to the ICC’s constitution, which allows them to take home the Lion’s share of the revenue generated by the ICC. The constitutional amendment also guaranteed them as the permanent members of the executive and the finance committees of the ICC, thereby penning the concept of ‘Big-Three’.
In its statement the International body clearly mentioned its intention of bringing back the ICC’s lost glory., According to the reports, the ICC is preparing to bring changes in all its departments viz., governance, finance and cricketing structures, so as to make sure that the interests of every member nation is not compromised. Accordingly, the ICC will move a resolution to this effect, during the member nations meeting on Monday.
The credit to this major revamp in the ICC structure may be attributed to the current ICC Chairman Mr Shashank Manohar. Shashank is also the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). A lot of changes have taken place in the BCCI governing council, since Shashank’s take over the BCCI president from N Srinivasan. He made sure that the members of the BCCI’s governing council does not represent a position that may pose a conflict of interes, in any manner. Accordingly, team India director and member of the BCCI governing council, Ravi Shastri and national selection committee member Rogers Binny were expelled from being a part of BCCI’s governing council and national selection committee, respectively. Rogers Binny was removed from the selection committee as his son, Stuart Binny is currently playing international cricket and hence, owing to a conflict of interest situation if he continued in the post.
The ICC chairman is looking to follow the same procedure even in the ICC governing council. Media reports state that Shashank may propose a new law according to which, the head of a member nation will not be eligible to take the office as the ICC chairman. For example, if Shashank Manohar is elected as the new ICC Chairman during the elections in June, 2016, then he will be required to resign to his earlier position of the ‘President of the BCCI’ to assume the office of ICC chairman.