Sri Lanka Cricket decided to to firmly oppose the revised proposals of the controversial ICC revamp plan. The SLC said its Executive Committee discussed the issue in a meeting with all stakeholders, past captains, past presidents and secretaries of SLC and Sports Ministry representative and decided to oppose the ICC’s Revised Working Group Proposals.
The deliberations were based on the views of the SLC’s legal advisory committee and the financial evaluations. “We discussed the proposals with all Sri Lanka Cricket stakeholders. We were unanimous in deciding to oppose them,” SLC chief Jayantha Dharmadasa said. “There are many unnecessary elements in the proposals,” SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.
SLC Executive Committee was firmly of the view that all endeavours should be made to safeguard the current rights and privileges of the SLC as a Full Member of the ICC. Cricket analysts said SLC’s decision to oppose the proposals assumes significance as it had in the recent past relied heavily on BCCI support to stay afloat when hit by financial constraints.
Srinivasan defends revamp
A strong India would be good for world cricket, asserted BCCI President N Srinivasan as he defended the proposed structural revamp of the ICC. Justifying the proposal Srinivasan said the fears of India getting disproportionate control of the game are unfounded.
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“The BCCI is quite happy to be involved with the leadership of cricket. We will embrace this ICC in the new structure, which will be good for cricket as a whole,” Srinivasan told ‘ESPN Cricinfo’.
Srinivasan said the previous Members Participation Agreement on revenue-sharing was unfair to India but he did not specify how. “I don’t know how it got signed. I would not have signed the last MPA. There are a lot of disadvantages. We had made it clear that we could not sign the MPA in the current form,” he said. “The other members in the committee realised that India’s concerns were legitimate and therefore it led to a discussion, out of which all these proposals came,” he added.
Srinivasan said the voices of the other Boards would not be muzzled. “When we met in Dubai on January 9, I made the presentation and we said this is what we are suggesting. If there are improvements or suggestions please feel free to put them forward. Somebody has to prepare a draft for discussion,” Srinivasan said.
Srinivasan also defended the move to do away with the Future Tours Programme and have direct bilateral agreements between Boards.