India to push for lion`s share of revenue at ICC board meet

PTI| Updated: Jan 27, 2014, 17:30 PM IST

Dubai: The BCCI will have its task cut as the richest cricket board in the world pushes for lion`s share of revenue from ICC`s earnings along with two cricket boards from England and Australia at the two-day executive board meeting of the governing body here on Tuesday.

It will be a `three versus seven` fight at the meeting with BCCI, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) having prepared a `Position Paper` which will allow these three boards to control the parent body`s functioning.

In fact BCCI has already made it clear that their participation in the future ICC events (50 and 20 over World Cups) would be decided subject to approval of the `Position Paper`. As per ICC rules, seven of the 10 Board members (Test-playing nations) need to approve the controversial proposal but the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Vricket South Africa (CSA) have already publicly expressed their dissatisfaction with the contents of the `Position Paper`.

It has been learnt that BCCI also wants an OCC event every two years in India and also wants to overrule the ICC`s FTP (Future Tours & Programme) by engaging into direct discussions with respective cricket boards for bilateral series.

Also there would be discussions on creating a post of ICC Chairman, which would rotate between the BCCI, CA and ECB with N Srinivasan being the hot favourite to become the first chairman. It would also effectively turn the ICC president into a virtual `rubber-stamp`. According to BCCI sources, their president Srinivasan has already promised the members of his affiliated units, a bigger grant if BCCI happens to get the lion`s share.

Till today there have been series of meetings -- Chief Executives` Committee meeting that included meeting of Working Groups on DRS and Anti-Corruption, followed by the meeting of both the Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee and Governance Review Committee -- at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai Sports City.

But come tomorrow, the focus will solely be on the proposal of the "Big Three" -- India (BCCI), Australia (CA) and England (ECB) -- when they officially table their bid to take over world cricket.

This plan of overhaul would effectively shrink the power of the world body significantly.