Boardroom battles in the world of sports hardly interest fans. After tough talks and even tougher negotiations during International Cricket Council's recent Board meetings, Asian cricket is all set to return where it belongs - on the field!
Asian countries stood 'divided' when India piloted a controversial 'Position Paper' aimed at restructuring ICC's governance and revenue share model. The ICC revamp plans which gave more power to the Big Three -- India, Australia and England, hurt the sentiments of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Pakistan alleged being 'threatened', Sri Lanka likened the pressure to 'terrorism' and a Bangladeshi hacker defaced Board of Control for Cricket in India's website. Solidarity of the entire sub-continent was under siege. It was about cricket but cricket did not seem to be paramount as egos clashed head on.
But much water has flowed down the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Come Tuesday (February 25), all acrimony will change as the sport takes centrestage. While off the field, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have agreed to the BCCI-led ICC revamp proposals, the fight will be a lot harder when the national teams face off against each other in the Asia Cup. The final is slated in Mirpur, Bangladesh on March 8.