ICC structure fraught with cronyism

Updated: Aug 09, 2010, 23:35 PM IST

Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) chief Tim May launched a scathing attack on the ICC, saying its governance structure is fraught with "conflicts of interests, cronyism and lack of specific expertise and independence".

"The governance structure of the board is a relic of the past," May told `The Sun-Herald`.

"Board composition in the professional sporting world has moved beyond structures where members comprise the board.”

"Such structures are fraught with conflicts of interests, cronyism and lack of specific expertise and independence. Whilst the ICC maintains its present board structure, it is most likely the ICC will continue to be held by the public as an underachiever," he added.

May said given the state of affairs in ICC, the powerful boards would continue to have their way.

"It will continue to make decisions that benefit the powerful at the expense of the greater good of the game.”

"It`s the No.1 issue in the game today - its solution provides the pathway for better decisions surrounding future playing schedules, ICC events, managing the Twenty20 format, investment in the game, allocation of resources," he said.

May said all these ills were highlighted when former Australian Prime Minister John Howard`s nomination as ICC`s president-elect was rejected.

New Zealand Cricket chairman Alan Isaac has replaced Howard as Australasia`s nomination.

"The decision by a number of member boards to band together in rejecting the John Howard nomination is just a trademark decision by the ICC. It`s made on the basis of what is good for the influential members, not what is good for the greater good of the game," he said

"John Howard would have been an outstanding president. The line which some boards have hidden behind - his lack of cricket administration capabilities - is an insult to the stakeholders who follow the game," he added.

May hoped that Isaac would bring about the much-needed change in the ICC`s functioning.

"Alan has a sound reputation as being a fair and astute leader. He will have an opportunity to lead a period of change within the ICC, but the challenge lies in convincing the very board that he wants to change that it needs to change," May said.

"The ICC is supposed to be a transparent body but they won`t disclose why Mr Howard`s nomination was rejected. Players are continually told and governed by a notion of the `spirit of the game`. It`s time our administrators led by example," he added.