ICC will tell boards that its open for talks on new FTP
With full details of much talked about one-World Cup-a-year proposals of emerging, the cricket world is understandably divided. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials are fuming and they will send out their opposition soon. What is now emerging is that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not going to be firm.
“The proposals are not necessarily hard and fast. The ICC will be open for discussion,’’ said a highly-placed source in direct knowledge of the development. It has asked the member boards to send in their inputs by March 15 so that they can be discussed at the ICC meetings from March 28. “This is not war, the ICC will be ready for discussion,” the source put it. “There were instructions to the ICC management to give ideas and it has done so. The members can change if they want”.
The crux of the issue is that the ICC has proposed a newly-created Men’s T20 Champion Cup (for 10 teams every four years, in 2024 and 2028), two Men’s T20 World Cup (in 2026 and 2030 for 20 teams), two ODI World Cups (2027 and 2031 for 10 teams), two men’s World Test Championship final (two teams) and a six-team Champions Trophy-type 50 over competition (in 2025 and 2029) in the next FTP cycle from 2031.
Under the CoA rule, the BCCI had opposed the suggestions asking the ICC to defer a decision last October. A letter to that affect was written by CEO Rahul Johri. It had also opposed the presence of Amitabh Choudhary as its bonafide representative. But the ICC did not heed to the BCCI request. It not only passed the proposals but also permitted Choudhary to attend the meeting. The BCCI could not do much then.
Its main opposition to the proposals was that a global event every year eats into the members’ window for bilateral games, the source of income for the natural boards. On this count, it seems to have the backing of Australia, England. Even New Zealand may back the BCCI stand.
But currently the problem before BCCI is that it has not yet decided on who will represent the board at the ICC meeting as it awaits an order from the Supreme Court. All the members and the officials are against ICC CEO Manu Sawhney and chairman Shanshank Manoha, but they are still not sure how to counter them. It is expected that secretary Jay Shah, who has been nominated for the CEC meetings, will write.
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