In a major shake-up of the exisiting power structure of the International Cricket Council, chairman Shashank Manohar, in his first meeting of this year, took the extreme step of overturning the controversial big-three tripartite power-sharing agreement, designed during his predecessor N Srinivasan’s reign. Apart from that the ICC chairman will be independent, will have a term of two years and won’t be able to hold a position in his home board.
As significantly, India, England and Australia won’t have permanent positions in two of ICC’s most powerful bodies, namely the Executive Committee and Financial and Commercial Affairs Committee. “The Board agreed to approve changes to the terms of reference of the Finance and 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,” said an ICC statement.
Meanwhile, the new chairman will be elected for a two-year term at the June 2016 Board meeting through a secret balloting process overseen by the ICC’s independent Audit Committee Chairman. Also, the ICC chairman can’t hold posts with any member boards, which is to snuff out the prospects of conflict of interest issues. “While in the office, the ICC Chairman will not be allowed to hold any post with any Member Board and may be re-elected at the expiry of the term with a maximum limit of three terms.”
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“To qualify to contest the election, it has been agreed that all nominees must be either a past or present ICC Board director and should have the support of at least two Full Member directors,” it added.
Amendments to be reviewed
Moreover, the entire set of amendments will be reviewed in the entirety and full member boards will have to present their audited accounts to the ICC on an annual basis. “The Board has also agreed to carry out a complete review of the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes with a view to establishing governance, finance, corporate and cricketing structures that are appropriate and effective for the strategic role and function of the ICC and all of its members,” the ICC said.
“As part of this wide-ranging exercise, the ICC Board has directed that the ICC’s constitution be reviewed in its entirety and all members have been encouraged to provide feedback on this issue to ICC management during the next few weeks,” it explained.
Also constituted was a five-member steering group,which, under his leadership, also includes the respective Chairmen of the ICC’s Governance Review Committee, Executive Committee, Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee and Associate/Affiliate Member group, and will be supported by various members of ICC management.
The recommendations. Manohar specified, are to make ICC a more democratic and transparent unit, after the mother body had drawn widespread flak for catering to the biggest revenue generating boards. “The decisions taken clearly reflect that we collectively want to improve the governance in a transparent manner, not only of the ICC but also the Member Boards.”
The Board also approved a qualification pathway for future ICC U-19 Cricket World Cups. It was agreed that the 10 Test playing countries and the highest-placed Associate team from the ICCU19 Cricket World Cup 2016 will qualify directly for the ICCU19 Cricket World Cup 2018, which will be staged in New Zealand from 12 January-4 February 2018.The remaining five sides will qualify through the regional qualifying tournaments.
The ICC will engage with relevant stakeholders, including player representatives, over coming months to prepare various cricketing models for consideration by the ICC CricketCommittee, Chief Executives’ Committee and ICC Board.
The Board was informed that preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 were progressing smoothly, and the BCCI and the ICC were working closely to put together a truly world-class event.