The International Cricket Council is to consider a comprehensive structural overhaul of world cricket administration that will effectively cede most executive decision-making to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB.
A draft proposal on these lines will be presented to the ICC Executive Board during its quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29.
The proposal, drafted by a "working group" of the ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs committee -- in which the BCCI, CA and ECB are key members -- recommends wide-ranging changes in the ICC's revenue distribution model, administrative structures and the Future Tours Programme (FTP), questions the relevance of Test rankings and suggests the reinstatement of the Champions Trophy over the World Test Championship.
And almost every recommendation of the "position paper" gives a larger share of control over world cricket to three cricket boards, the Australian, English and Indian -- both in the boardroom and on the field. It also gives them a larger share of revenues, in a ratio that is linked to the ICC's revenue growth.
The ICC says these radical proposals await response from and the approval of member boards. The document does, however, contain an April deadline for the formation of the ICC Business Co (IBC) -- a newly formed business arm which will be set up to
replace the existing IDI (ICC Development International) -- in order to take over the task of
issuing tenders for the ICC's next media rights and sponsorship cycle.
- New executive committee (ExCo) to be set up with permanent memberships for BCCI, CA, ECB, to override all other committees
- Promotion and relegation in Test cricket, with exceptions made in the cases of BCCI, CA, ECB
- ICC to be delinked from FTP arrangements, with bilateral agreements only taking over
- New finance model of ICC revenue distribution
- Key positions in ICC -- ICC chairman, chairmen of ExCo and finance & commerial affairs committee -- to be nominees of BCCI-CA-ECB
- Reinstatement of Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2021 in place of the World Test Championship