BCCI to push for the 'Big Three' module in ICC Board meet

The BCCI will push for a 'three-point agenda', including bringing back the ‘Big Three’ module, at the ICC Board meet in Cape Town.

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BCCI president Anurag Thakur (right) and ICC chairman Shashank Manohar will discuss granting full voting rights to some emerging nations among other things.   -  Vivek Bendre

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will push for a 'three-point agenda', including bringing back the ‘Big Three’ module, at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board meet in Cape Town.

A source said that the BCCI top brass will ask the ICC to include its representative in the all-powerful Finance and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee of the body.

The Board will also protest ICC’s decision to expand its voting base and get the ‘Big Three’ module back in fray during the three-day meet.

“The first point in the agenda is to have BCCI representative (either president Anurag Thakur or secretary Ajay Shirke) in the F&CA committee of the ICC. One needs to be in that committee to officially raise all the key financial issues including budget of the Champions Trophy,” the BCCI source told PTI.

The second point, the source said, is to let the ICC know India's disapproval of granting full voting rights to some emerging nations.

“India have never shied away from helping the emerging nations with their expertise and infrastructure. But there is a time when a member nation can have full voting powers. The ICC simply cannot expand its voter base just like that,” the source added.

Next, the BCCI will demand a bigger share of ICC's revenue for the Big Three, comprising itself, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA).

“We certainly do not endorse this idea of entering the common revenue pool. Also the idea of Big Three must be revived and BCCI is having active discussions in this regard with ECB and CA.”

With BCCI’s relations with ICC hitting an all-time low and the board at the cusp of transformation, it is to be seen whether there will be some sort of redemption when Thakur and ICC chairman Shashank Manohar come face to face.

There will also be a discussion on the affidavit that Thakur will have to file in the Supreme Court. The apex court, on Friday, asked him to furnish a personal affidavit on his purported request to the ICC to term the Justice Lodha committee-recommended reforms as amounting to government interference in cricket management.

A source informed that ICC CEO Dave Richardson met Thakur in Kanpur and discussed on the issue.

“Both had long discussions on a number of issues. As far as the affidavit is concerned, the BCCI president is likely to politely remind Manohar when he (manohar) was in charge, he filed an affidavit that having a representative of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) will amount to interference. Anurag had just followed up on that issue which was first raised by Shashank,” the source added.

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