Opposition mounts against ICC revamp plan

Lloyd, Gray and Speed join hands, demanding withdrawal of the controversial draft

The opposition to the revamp plan of the ICC piloted by India, Australia and England grew stronger with former West Indies captain Clive Llyod and ex-ICC top officials Malcolm Gray and Malcolm Speed joining hands in demanding withdrawal of the controversial proposal.

The trio, along with former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairmen Shahryar Khan and Lt Gen (retd) Tauqir Zia, have joined hands with former ICC chief Ehsan Mani in asking for withdrawal of the proposal, which will cede most of decision-making to the so called ‘Big Three’.

Gray, a former ICC chief, and Speed, a former ICC CEO, have broken away from their national board’s position by taking the stand against the proposal. Lloyd was a one-time chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee as well as ICC match referee. Cricket Australia chief Wally Edwards has defended the plan.

According to a report in ‘Cricinfo’, the former top officials have signed a formal letter and sent to the ICC and member nations requesting that the “big three” proposal be immediately withdrawn. All signatories agreed that the ICC needed to re-examine the conclusions of the 2012 Woolf Report into ICC governance, which recommended, among other things, an improvement in governance standards, the appointment of independent board directors and greater transparency.

Following a long period in senior roles with CA when it was known as Australian Cricket Board, Gray served as the president of ICC from 2000 to 2003. Speed was the chief executive of the ACB/CA from 1997 until 2001, then served the same role with the ICC from 2001 to 2008.

The letter was accompanied by Mani’s analysis of the proposal, which raised many concerns about the conflicted interests of its authors — the BCCI, CA and the ECB — and the revenue modelling they are suggesting, the report said. Mani said that under the new plan, the game’s developing nations stood to lose an enormous percentage of projected revenue, relative to their current allocation. The five-day ICC meet began with the conference of the Chief Executives’ Committee here on Sunday.

“Chief Executives’ Committee will include meeting of Working Groups on DRS and Anti-Corruption and will be followed by the meeting of both the Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee and Governance Review Committee on January 27,” the ICC said in a release. All the meetings are taking place at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai Sports City.

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