FICA slams ICC deal

"Self-interest" and "short-term deal making" will prevail over cricket's long-term health following the recent structural reforms in the International Cricket Council, the global players' association said on Monday.

The ICC board passed key structural and financial reforms in Saturday's meeting in Singapore which, many believe, effectively put India, England and Australia in charge of the game.

"This is a very sad day for our game," Federation of International Cricketers' Associations executive chairman Paul Marsh said. "This should be an indicator to the future for all of us, where self-interest and short-term deal making will override the long-term health of the game and views of its key stakeholders."

FICA had urged other Test playing nations to block the proposals but only Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from voting in Singapore.

"The final outcome once again highlights how poorly our game is governed," Marsh said.

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