Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Cricket's Coming Coup

analysis

A cricket coup d'état is looming and there is almost nothing that can be done about it. A new proposal, which will be presented to the ICC, suggests that the ECB, CA and BCCI get most of the power and the money, and will generally be wrapped in cotton wool.

A coup d'état is usually reserved for serious things like governments, but now cricket faces its own possible coup if a new proposal put forward to the ICC is passed to vote and comes through. A draft of the proposition has been leaked and, as it should, has caused a lot of controversy.

Under the new proposal, three countries, namely England, Australia and India, stand to benefit from the restructuring of the ICC's governance. In short, decision-making will largely be left to the ECB, CA and the BCCI. The proposal will be put forward to the ICC Executive Board when they hold their quarterly meeting in Dubai from 28-29 January.

The ICC Executive Committee is made up of 13 members and comprises representatives from 10 full members and three associated representatives. For the proposal to be passed, the majority of the executives (seven in total) need to...

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