The Board of Control for Cricket in India-piloted revamp plans for the International Cricket Council have finally seen the light of the day. Even though the cricket Boards of Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from voting, BCCI president N. Srinivasan mustered the support of eight Full members in Singapore on Saturday to become the first chairman of the ICC. South Africa, which had initially objected to the revamp proposals, calling them "fundamentally flawed," finally towed India's line. Srinivasan's appointment is from July this year as the game's governing body will see a new set of rules related to governance, competition and financial models. However, the ICC Board will continue to be the primary decision-making body. (Highlights of ICC revamp)
India, Australia and England will now become the big boys of world cricket. They will occupy the two of the most-important committees of the ICC. A new Executive Committee will be formed to report into the ICC Board. The initial Chair of this Executive Committee (ExCo) will be Wally Edwards from Cricket Australia while the Chair of the Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) will continue to be Giles Clarke from the England and Wales Cricket Board. These roles will be for an initial two year transitional period to 2016 only. Once this transitional period is completed, the Chair of the ICC Board will be elected from within the ICC Board with all Full Member Directors entitled to stand for election. BCCI, CA and ECB - will be represented on both sub-committees, along with two representatives of the other Full Members (who will be elected by the Board).
The ICC took several major decisions on Saturday. It is clear that many of these decisions have the backing and brains of television broadcasters who pay the largest chunk of revenue to world cricket. The World Test Championship will be replaced with an ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2021 and in the new scheme of things, India will get the lion's share (reportedly 80 per cent) of ICC's revenue. Full Members will gain greater financial recognition based on the contribution they have made to the game, particularly in terms of finance, their ICC history and their on-field performances in the three formats.