While the ICC has said that the proposals at its meeting in Dubai got unanimous approval, Cricket South Africa (CSA), Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have issued statements clarifying where things stand as far as they are concerned.
CSA will be convening a joint session of its board and certain key stakeholders as soon as is practically possible to consider these principles.
CSA notes that the unanimous support that the ICC said it got at its board meeting for key principles is subject to the approval of the respective boards of the member countries. After that a final decision will be taken at a follow-up ICC board meeting on 8 February.
CSA president, chairman of the board Chris Nenzani said, “We will be convening a joint session of our CSA Board and certain key stakeholders as soon as is practically possible to consider the principles. One of the hallmarks of our new administration has been an absolute adherence to the principles of good corporate governance and we do not intend to deviate from this. Our position will be subject to full consideration by our Board and other stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, BCB acting CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdury has said that it had communicated to the ICC board that the BCB would not endorse any proposal that compromises Bangladesh’s full member rights in terms of status and participation. “We respect the views of the member countries who have expressed similar sentiments.”
Over the weekend thousands of people formed a human chain in Bangladesh capital Dhaka to protest the plan by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and England Cricket Board on cricket.
A draft position paper was put forth by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and England Cricket Board. This seeks to give these three boards control over how the ICC and the game is run. The proposal also seeks to give the three of them a larger share of revenue.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied that it is in favour of the principles. “The PCB clearly stated at the meeting that the guiding principles were subject to PCB`s Governing Board`s approval. These matters will be placed before the BOG and thereafter PCB will take its position at the next ICC Board meeting,” said the PCB.