lead in combating the possible takeover,” he said recently.
Another scathing critique came from former England captain Michael Atherton. “The tone of the proposal is so arrogant and high-handed as to recall an earlier age when the organisation began as the Imperial Cricket Conference,” he wrote in his column recently.
A bevy of former ICC honchos, led by Ehsan Mani, have also come out with a piquant exposition of the wholesale changes suggested to the governance of cricket. The ex-ICC chief, in fact, has accused the big three for having completely undermined the integrity and standing of the ICC in a 13-page evaluation of the proposal.
The Mani report, along with a formal letter signed by Malcolm Gray, Malcolm Speed, Clive Lloyd, Shahryar Khan and Tauqir Zia has been sent to the ICC and the member nations on the eve of the much-anticipated meeting. A major contention among the former officials is for a review of the Woolf report from 2012 that had called for an individual body to run the sport and for greater transparency in the running of the game.