BCCI has been opposing the new ICC constitution that marginalized its position. Lately. The board is trying to cope with the changes with a conciliatory attitude to further discussion on the matter. As stated by the Committee of Administrators, they are trying to work on the interest of the board in the international podium. In the last decade, BCCI had considerable influence over ICC, but the abrupt hauling of his administration by the Supreme Court raised the contention over relationships with ICC.
The draft of the new constitution was presented in the Dubai meet earlier in February. The resolution was passed despite objections from BCCI and Sri Lanka Cricket. The former’s concern was the sharp reduction of revenue, membership, and the role of ICC Chairman. CoA Chairman and ex-CAG Vinod Rai said revenues and contribution of BCCI should be in balance and BCCI should get what it deserves.
According to Rai, it is the responsibility of a bigger association like BCCI to fight for the interest of smaller member countries like Afghanistan and Ireland. The new ICC constitution is creating sufficient rooms for such countries to grow, but this cannot be done on the expense of BCCI, Rai added.
The Chairman said there should be a balance between democracy and revenues and interest of one cannot be sacrificed to help someone else. BCCI has prepared a new response to the current issues, which would be presented before the April meet of ICC. It was prepared in consultation with all members of the CoA, signed by CEO Rahul Johri. The response is also forwarded to Shashank Manohar, who unprecedently stepped down from his position as ICC Chairman last week.
As stated by Rai, the CoA contacted Manohar and tried to understand the logic behind the new financial model. He was the best person for the job as he could have understood it both from the perspective of BCCI as well as ICC.
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