Non-India cricketers believe BCCI dominates ICC: FICA survey

Melbourne: More than two-thirds of international players in a recent survey conducted by FICA believe that Indian Cricket Board exerts unfair influence on ICC decision-making but 40 per cent of them said they were willing to skip national duty for playing in the cash-rich IPL run by the BCCI.

Asked if ICC decision-making was influenced unfairly by the power of BCCI, 69 per cent said `yes` while 31 per cent answered `don`t know`.

None of the respondents gave a definitive `no` in the Federation of International Cricketers` Associations survey of 45 international players during the recent World Cup in the subcontinent.

No Indian player is a member of FICA.

FICA chief executive Tim May, who released the survey results, said the findings raised important issues, with 46 per cent of the players saying the structure and composition of the ICC executive board should be reviewed.

"Players have highlighted that the governance of the game is a serious issue. FICA have continually advocated for a review of the game`s governance. Its present structure is outdated, full of conflicts, cronyism and far from best practice," he said.

Interestingly, nearly a third of players polled said they would retire early from international cricket to play exclusively in Indian Premier League, citing fears over fixture clashes curbing their participation in IPL.

Around 40 per cent of players feel that given the magnitude of salaries being offered by the IPL, they could envisage a day where they would rank their obligations to IPL and other T20 events ahead of obligations to their home boards.

And, 94 per cent of the players believed that superior salaries offered by the IPL would motivate younger players to hone their skills principally to Twenty20.


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