Sri Lanka finally agree to India-led ICC revamp plans, how long will Pakistan remain isolated?

Purely due to the financial gains it is expected to bring, Sri Lankan cricket officials have finally agreed to the India-led International Cricket Council revamp plans on governance and revenue share.

updated: February 18, 2014 15:22 IST
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Like South Africa, Sri Lankan cricket officials have finally agreed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India-led plans to revamp International Cricket Council's governance and revenue share structure. Sri Lanka were among the three cricket Boards that had doggedly opposed the controversial 'Position Paper' that bestowed almost unilateral control of the ICC to the Big Three of India, Australia and England. But Sri Lanka's officials have seen enormous commercial value in the revamp plans and accepted the changes in relation to administration, future tours and of course, finance.

Sri Lanka's acceptance leaves Pakistan as the only Board against the new ICC plans. The Pakistan Cricket Board remains 'isolated' in its views even after several clauses in the revamp plans have been watered down. While the revenue share model gives a lion's share of ICC's earnings to India, Australia and England, other Test-playing full members as well as Associate members stand to gain appreciably. (Also read: India threatened us at ICC Meet, says PCB)

After the Big Three-led plans were tabled in Dubai January-end, Sri Lanka's media seemed to be mirroring the aggressive mood in its cricket Board. In an editorial, a section of the media called ICC's revamp an act of 'terrorism' that the island's cricket administrators would fight like a 'war'. That antagonistic stance has now mellowed down considerably as ICC continues to remain the 'happy' family that it wants to be.

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