Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

27 January 2014

Africa: ICC Draft Position Paper - a Slap in the Face to the Code of Ethics

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The position paper put together by the BCCI, ECB and CA has gone against the ICC Code of Ethics in every possible way. The chorus of those asking for the paper to be withdrawn is growing, and the paper itself has gone beyond having some points of merit to being something which isn't even ethical.

As time draws near for the position paper to be voted on, opposition has grown more fierce. Over the weekend, former ICC president, Ehsan Mani, has joined the chorus of voices opposing it. Two former senior cricket administrators, Malcolm Speed and Malcolm Gray, have also joined in.

The paper, which was seemingly drawn up in BCCI with an ECB pen in the Cricket Australia boardroom, has been dissected, analysed, criticised and ripped apart since it was first leaked. While there have been smidgens of support or, at least, some saying "it's not all bad", the general consensus has been that it is a foolish proposal in general.

Mani's criticism, like many others, is that the paper, which was drafted in secret, raises concerns over weakness in the ICC governance. He also highlighted that a serious conflict of interest could arise if decision-making...

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