Will the ICC tweak the constitution and financial model?

The change in the 2016 revenue sharing model, worked around the theme of “equity”, will receive almost full support from the ICC Board because the revised model is a vast improvement on the 2014 model that gave a whopping 22 per cent to the BCCI.

Shashank Manohar, who has returned as ICC chairman and will preside over the ICC Board meeting in Dubai in the last week of April and at the Annual Conference at London in June, has always maintained that the change in the 2016 revenue sharing model, worked around the theme of “equity”, will receive almost full support from the ICC Board because the revised model is a vast improvement on the 2014 model that gave a whopping 22 per cent to the BCCI.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) was ready to accept Manohar’s rationale to change the previous revenue sharing model, but told him it would still vote against the proposal. The CoA’s Vinod Rai and Vikram Limaye had a meeting with Manohar here on March 14.

  • Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are unhappy that the vote weightage of the ten full members is being reduced and that the independent director (female) is being given a vote. Zimbabwe has also expressed misgivings about the relegation rule being applied to the existing full members.

Last Sunday, the CoA also informed the ICC that it would oppose the reforms and that the BCCI has the option to exercise one of the clauses in the the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) signed in 2014.

One of the options is to withdraw from the ICC events.

The ICC Special Working Group-proposed financial and revenue model received a thumping support at the ICC Board meeting in the first week of February. It’s unlikely that there will be any major change in April and June in the context of numbers, especially with nine full members pledging complete support to Manohar.

But there is a possibility of a couple of proposals in the “governance and revenue sharing model” being tweaked. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are unhappy that the vote weightage of the ten full members is being reduced and that the independent director (female) is being given a vote. Zimbabwe has also expressed misgivings about the relegation rule being applied to the existing full members.

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