CSA defends decision to back draft

 Cricket South Africa, originally not in favour of ICC’s structural revamp, welcomed the agreement reached in Singapore terming it as “significantly different” to the original proposals tabled in January.

“Nothing in life is perfect. All countries, including the so-called big three (India, England and Australia) have had to rethink and make concessions and the final terms that were approved today include significant changes from the original proposals,” CSA president Chris Nenzani was quoted as saying in a media release issued by the CSA.

“It was key that we remain engaged and an absolute imperative that we should preserve the financial stability of the game over the next eight-year cycle from 2015 to 2023. Not only have we managed to do this but we have created the opportunity for current Associate Members to aspire to play Test cricket – the game’s highest form,” Nenzani further added.

As per the new agreement, the winner of the next ICC Inter-Continental Cup will be entitled to take part in a play-off against the bottom-ranked Full Member and, if successful, obtain the Test status.

SLC for new mandate

Having abstained at the crucial voting, Sri Lanka Cricket said it would seek a further domestic mandate to deal with the controversial proposals.

“At the ICC Board meeting held today in Singapore, the revised resolution relating to the governance, competition and financial models of ICC were presented. The scope of the resolutions presently proposed were substantially changed, for which SLC required a fresh mandate from Executive Committee and stakeholders,” a release from the SLC said.

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