Singapore: India will push for significant control over the International Cricket Council's (ICC) revenue and power structure when a radical revamp plan is put to vote in a meeting here on Saturday despite strong resentment from the Cricket Boards of South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The controversial restructuring of the ICC, which would cede executive decision-making to India, Australia and England, requires consent of eight of the 10 member Boards and it remains to be seen whether the dissenting Boards remain adamant or agree to the changes. (India, England and Australia close to becoming 'Big Three')
The three Boards could relent if the the 'Big Three' offer some lucrative tour assurances in bargain. Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa have refused to back the plan stating that it only makes the 'Big Three' more powerful. BCCI president N Srinivasan has, however, defended the proposal stating that a strong India would be good for world cricket and that efforts were on to get a consensus among ICC members.
During the ICC Board meeting last month in Dubai, a final decision on the proposal was deferred due to a lack of unanimity among the member boards. At the Dubai meeting, the BCCI's status as the most influential cricketing body in the world was formally acknowledged with a bulk of its demands getting passed. While BCCI's demand for immunity of the 'Big Three' in a two-tier Test format was ruled out, they had their way in deciding the exclusive bi-lateral series agreements from 2015-2023. (PCB's income could double if they accept ICC revamp)