ICC news March 20, 2017

BCCI wants big changes to new ICC constitution


The BCCI is not happy with several parts of the new ICC constitution that was agreed upon in principle in February © Getty Images

The BCCI has sent a list of observations, of objections as well as suggestions, to the ICC regarding the new constitution that will be up for vote at the next round of meetings in April.

While the major focus of the BCCI's response was the ICC's proposed new financial model, the board also sent its thoughts on a number of governance issues, including membership, the role of the ICC chairman and the composition of the ICC Board.

The new constitution was passed in principle at the board meetings in February but each proposal is likely to be put to vote separately in April.

Here is a summary of the main points the BCCI makes:

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee deals with the admission of new members as well as the monitoring of existing members. The BCCI wants changes to be made to revise the power and responsibility of the committee.

- The ICC Board must have final say on membership issues with power to re-examine all aspects of any recommendation of the Membership Committee.

- The Membership Committee should be an independent external agency that is not part of the ICC. If not, then members that sit on the committee should not be ICC directors.

- One member from each continent should be part of the committee. "This is because admission of a new member and/or re-classification of an existing member will impact all members and views of at least one member from each continent needs to be taken into account before assessing the comprehensive impact of the same," the BCCI said.

- If any member was to fall foul of any terms and conditions, then it should get at least 90 days to carry out remedial action before the committee examines the respective board.

- If a member country is in serious breach of its obligations then unless there is "prima facie view" or "sufficient evidence" the ICC Board should not suspend or terminate its membership.

- The Dispute Resolution Committee, which deals with appeals on membership issues, must be independent of the ICC. No member of this committee should be an ICC director or part of any other committee.

 - To avoid any impact on the FTP, any new admission or re-classification of an existing Full Member should only be done at the end of every revenue cycle. 

- To retain Full Member status, a country should have played a minimum number of Test matches.

ICC Chairman

Since June 2016, the ICC has been headed by an independent chairman, who holds no other position with any member board, and who retains the post for two years. The BCCI wants to reassess the powers of the chairman as well the election process.

- The chairman should not be elected through a secret ballot. A transparent procedure must be laid out in the ICC's Articles of Association.

- If a chairman fails to finish his tenure, the new entrant should be appointed only for the remainder of the term and not for a fresh two-year period.

- The chairman, acting or full-time, cannot have a vote at ICC Board meetings because the post is an independent authority and the ICC is a members' organisation.

- The CEO should report to the ICC Board and not the Chairman. The CEO and ICC management should be appraised by an independent external agency considering the senior staff is paid "substantial bonuses" based on their performance. 

- The chairman cannot have binding powers. Only the CEO, under the ICC Board's instructions, should hold such a power.

- The chairman cannot call a special meeting or choose a venue for the same. Only the ICC Board has the authority.

ICC Board of Directors

There are currently 14 Directors that comprise the ICC Board, the committee that effectively runs the game. Ten of these directors are the Full Members while the remaining are representatives of the Associates. In the new proposals, a 15-person board is envisaged with an independent female director. Unlike now, everyone is allowed a vote in the new proposed constitution. The BCCI wants to change the composition of the board and alter the voting process going forward.

- There should be only one director, not three, representing the Associates on the ICC Board.

- The Independent director should be a non-voting member.

- A current or former player should have a seat on the ICC Board, but also with no vote.

- A secret ballot cannot be triggered by two or more voting members on the ICC Board, which the present ICC constitution permits.

- The rule about having a two-third vote to pass a resolution can only apply if all the voting members are present

- ICC committees should be independent and not comprise any of the Board directors. "This will obviate potential situations where the same person is part of the MC which makes a recommendation, sits on the Board of Directors which reviews the recommendation to take a final decision, and is also part of the Dispute Resolution Committee which will decide any appeal on membership issues against a decision of the MC or Board of Directors."

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Neil on March 22, 2017, 1:58 GMT

    @Clean_game : What do you think I was trying to point out? Instead of fighting with the ICC at every turn, BCCI should leave and start its own. Sometimes you should try to read between lines. Don't go around knocking other's posts without understanding what others are trying to say.

  • Harman on March 21, 2017, 20:43 GMT

    @Clean_Game: thanks for assuming I didn't read the article properly. Although the BCCI did raise some good points (e.g. current/former player should have a seat on the Board & the the Disputes Committee should be independent of the ICC) the rest are terrible suggestions.

    Top 5 Terrible suggestions include: - They say the membership committee should be independent but have a member from each continent (contradictory). Secondly, all decisions re membership are to be decided by the ICC board. Why, when there is an independent committee? - The chairman should not be elected via a secret ballot. Where else is everyone forced to declare who they voted for? - The CEO should report to the ICC board & not the independent chairman. Do you really need me to elaborate? - Only 1 associate voice on the ICC board & not 3. Are you afraid of the associates BCCI? - Independent director cannot have voting powers.

    The ICC should not be a members committee rather a body for promoting cricket worldwide

  • Manesh on March 21, 2017, 9:58 GMT

    I cannot find anything wrong in these statements. They are fair and clear. Why people oppose it? just because its from BCCI!?

  • Ash on March 21, 2017, 6:02 GMT

    @harmske: Start reading the article mate at least sometimes not just penning the comments here. The points raised by BCCI is very genuine and power should not be vested with few people.

  • jignesh on March 21, 2017, 5:04 GMT

    well all points raised by Bcci here... were spot on ... first it was work distribution... so outcome or decisions will be unbiased n genuine... secondly minimum number of test is also spot on .... and third representative from each continent is also viable point rather make decisions by members from India, aus or england (as we have seen in past)... the division could be made without any stong evidence is also seems like communist decision making process.... people here should read article and points raised by Bcci n then comment rather just saw hatret for same... just have a look at points raised... otherwise Bcci can handle or run parallel board n we don't want u guys... if u still playing biased.... Bcci is capable enough..

  • Harman on March 21, 2017, 2:25 GMT

    What a joke. But why stop there? Why not just have one voting member -- the BCCI. Furthermore, the BCCI should have sole authority on membership rights, investigations, scheduling, events and revenue distribution.

  • Ash on March 21, 2017, 1:15 GMT

    @CricketisKing: I do think the issue that BCCI raised is serious. Someone can't be sitting in 3 committees and dictate the terms. Independent members are important. You have to learn more about the administration of the game mate. If BCCI leaves the ICC, do you know that BCCI has the power to run parallel world body which seriously hurt ICC? ICC's revenue comes mainly from BCCI. I guess if BCCI decide to leave the ICC and runs the separate body, Then a lot of associates, BD, Zim, WI, even Pakistan, SL and SA might side with BCCI. You can enjoy Ashes mate.

  • Prateek on March 21, 2017, 0:54 GMT

    Who wrote these objections and recommendations I wonder. Is it done by COA or Johri? Why have an ICC chairman at all if it is just a ceremonial post? Why have non-voting members? There are some good points but also several undemocratic and monopolistic recommendations (basically demands / instructions) made by BCCI. Past couple of months have proved that cricket can be run very efficiently by a handful of dedicated professionals without the politician non-professional unaccountable presidents, vice-presidents and secretaries. ICC needs to follow the model and BCCI ought to encourage it, as opposed to derail it. Money, yes they could negotiate on that to try maximizing their earnings. ICC cannot merely be a private members' organization who decide when to accept a new member, when it's the world governing body of an international sport.

  • Michael on March 20, 2017, 23:15 GMT

    if the BCCI are sooking about new constitution, it must be good for everyone else.

  • Neil on March 20, 2017, 19:15 GMT

    BCCI should leave the ICC and go on its own.

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