Michael Atherton compares ICC's Big Three move to 'dark days' of Imperial Cricket Conference

Former England captain Michael Atherton criticized the move saying the tone of the proposal was so arrogant and high-handed as to recall an earlier age when the organisation began as the Imperial Cricket Conference.

updated: January 27, 2014 22:44 IST
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London: Former England captain Michael Atherton has openly criticised the move by the cricket boards of England, India and Australia to take control of the International Cricket Council and also enjoy bigger share of the revenues of the governing body.

"...the end of the notion that a fair and principled and just body can govern cricket in the interests of all. It is an ideal, of course, that has never been grounded in any kind of reality under the guise of the ICC, but if you cannot be idealistic about sport, what can you be idealistic about?" Atherton has questioned in his column for the 'Times'.

Atherton gives some credence, if reluctantly, to the view that England and Australia feel they have no choice but to grant India power in a way that will encourage them to run the world game responsibly - and even suggests India has now been affected with the arrogance of old colonialism.

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