February 1, 2014 1:43:05 am
Seven countries have given an undertaking to the ICC supporting the restructuring of the world cricketing body while three full members— Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan — haven’t yet endorsed the reforms. The draft of the position paper is likely to be put for vote at ICC’s next meet on February 8 in Singapore and it would need the support of eight members to be approved.
“The Big Three nations will need the backing of one more nation. We are hopeful that Sri Lanka and South Africa will soon come on board,” a BCCI official said. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has accepted the new revisions saying they are happy with the proposals and will back the draft. The African minnows became the third board to endorse the Position Paper after West Indies and Bangladesh.
ZC chairman Peter Chingoka said that the Zimbabwe cricket board had held extensive discussions to look at all the aspects of the proposal and decided to support it.
“We will support the proposal. We went into all the minute details of it and looked at all the possibilities of betterment of Zimbabwe Cricket. A decision had been made and Zimbabwe will support the ICC’s proposal in the next meeting to be held in Singapore,” Chingoka told The Indian Express.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board was earlier against the ICC revamp draft, but had later agreed to the proposal after they were given assurances of India, England and Australia playing against them in the next two years.
Chingoka said the new draft will help small nations. “There will be more Test cricket played in the coming years and the Test cricket fund will benefit us to get things back in order here. We have no opposition to it, in fact we welcome the proposal,” Chingoka added.
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