Big Three get bigger – India, England, Australia set to change world order

It remains to be seen how the FTP-defying BCCI will make use of the new arrangement.

N Srinivasan The proposal suggests that the 16 countries will be split into two groups with the top eight, including the big three, playing Test matches and the bottom half playing against each other in an Inter-Continental Cup. PTI
Mumbai | Updated: January 21, 2014 9:47 am

A new draft proposal that will be tabled in the upcoming ICC meeting later this month is all set to trigger the formation of a new nexus of power in world cricket, literally handing over the reins to India, Australia and England. The drastic suggestion was part of a 21-page document formulated by the ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee, reported first on Cricinfo last week.

Interestingly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are the vital members of the F&CA committee, which also includes ICC president Allan Isaac from New Zealand and CEO Dave Richardson, former South African wicket-keeper.

The major changes recommended in the proposal, coined the ‘position paper’, are based on restructuring the revenue distribution model, the abolishment of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) and the scrapping of the much-vaunted World Test Championship (WTC).

The BCCI has already confirmed that it will be meeting on Thursday to discuss a bid to push for the new proposal, which was made available to all member countries on January 9, during the ICC’s quarterly meet on January 28 and 29.

“The meeting has been summoned to get the working committee’s nod for pushing

BCCI’s case of getting more revenue from ICC’s earnings as bulk of it is generated by the Indian cricket board,” said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel. Top of the priority list is the genesis of a new executive committee (ExCo), which will be a four-member group, with three permanent memberships for BCCI, CA and ECB. The ExCo will basically be made up of the incumbent presidents of the new ‘big-three’–the chairmanship of which will be decided on a rotating basis—while the fourth will be nominated by the ICC’s Executive Board and will be a member of one of the other seven Test, or Full Member, nations. Once it comes into place, the ExCo will run the game, armed with the power to take decisions on all matters from constitutional and personnel to development and nominations matters.

On the finance front, the document also deals with and stresses on what we have always known that the ICC’s maximum revenue is generated by Indian cricket. It proposes that the ‘distorted distribution model’ be replaced with a new ‘contribution cost’ model, which will base the revenue distribution on the individual contribution of each board towards the ICC’s total earnings. As of now, the the governing body’s surplus revenues are shared equally with all the full member nations. The new proposal aims to change that for good, while noting that the BCCI brings in 80 per cent of the ICC’s income.

FTP diluted

There is also a recommendation to dilute the FTP and introduce a Test match …continued »

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