Even as the BCCI’s defaulting over its response to the Lodha Committee report was called by the Indian Apex Court, the Shashank Manohar-helmed ICC announced a review with the intent of refurbishing of its existing structural model.
The current model that sees the share of revenue divided highly amongst the BCCI, ECB and CA was put into place by N. Srinivasan, who was handling the ICC Chairmanship previously before he was sidelined after the issue of conflict of interest was raised against him. Manohar’s step comes in the wake of his formerly announced intention to not only ensure better transparency to international cricket, but also putting an end to the tripartite domination of these three cricketing boards.
Re-working on the latter aspect includes ending the three countries’ permanent positions in the ICC’s Executive, and Financial and Commercial Affairs Committees. These two Committees are regarded to be the most important working Committees of the ICC. In addition, it’s also been proposed that from the forthcoming term onwards, the position of the ICC chairman be independent unlike in these past two terms – including Manohar’s – and the candidate thus being elected as the ICC chairman cannot handle helming of his national cricket board, thus eliminating a potential conflict of interest scenario. Likewise, the eligible candidate for the post of the ICC chairman will have to have been a former director of the ICC. Lastly, the tenure of the ICC chairman cannot exceed more than three two-year time frame.
A five-member panel has been established that will be led by Manohar, in order to oversee the review. In addition to Manohar, the others in the five-member panel are Gilles Clark, Nazmul Hassan, David Peever and Imran Khawaja. Clark was previously a candidate vying for the ICC chairman position as he was instrumental in implementing the three-party structural model, while Hassan’s the chief of the ICC’s Governance Committee. Peever and Khawaja are the chiefs of the Executive Committee and the Group of Associate and Member countries respectively.
These announcements were made during the ICC’s Board Meeting held on 3rd February, Wednesday. Alongside these changes, there were several other key decisions taken in the meeting. These include:
- Re-establishment of process of ICC’s Full Members’ Boards submitting their respective audited accounts to the ICC on a yearly basis
- Setting up of an Anti-Corruption Oversight Group that will establish and continually review policies to deal with illegalities in the sport and its system. Rahul Dravid is to be a member in this Group
- Re-establishment of Sri Lanka’s status as a Full Member. On account of disputation with the election of previous Lankan cricket administration, Sri Lanka had been barred from voting. As a result of this move, the newly appointed Lankan cricket board will now be eligible for ICC’s funding entirely
- Continuance of suspension of the United States’ cricket association
- Developmental projects are to be undertaken for 2016
- Changes have been made to the structure of teams’ participation of the next edition of the U-19 World Cup that will be held in 2018. Of the six Associate nations, the top-ranked Associate country will qualify automatically for the event alongside the U-19 representatives of the 10-test playing countries. The other five teams will need to go through the initial qualification rounds held region-wise