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One of the most disturbing aspects of cricket that has emerged through these columns has been the questionable quality of governance that exists in parts of the cricket world. Ten years ago, a report was published that looked into the governance of the International Cricket Council, the governing body of international cricket. The review was initiated by then ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorat and was led by former UK Chief Lord Justice Harry Woolf in association with a prominent international consulting firm. There were 65 recommendations and a number of damning criticisms of the way the ICC was functioning. At that time, the executive board comprised chairs or presidents from each of the 10 full (Test-playing) members, three elected associate member representatives, and the ICC CEO, vice president and president, who chaired.
Woolf’s report recommended a restructuring of the ICC’s board to make it more independent. Additionally, it called for measures to increase transparency in dealings by the ICC and its members, setting out clear parameters for ethical conduct. Narayanaswami Srinivasan, BCCI board president and India’s representative on the ICC board, quickly announced that the BCCI rejected the key recommendations of the report out of hand, without saying why. Srinivasan also owned an IPL franchise through his company, India Cements. Given Srinivasan’s outright rejection of Woolf’s recommendations, the chances of implementing the most contentious ones were remote.
In the ever-twisting relationship between the ICC and BCCI, Srinivasan was removed as chair in November 2015 at the request of the BCCI, which was concerned about ongoing conflicts of interest. In April 2017, the board approved, by 13 votes to 1, a revised financial model for the 2016-2023 cycle. All of this required ratification by the full council in June 2017. Strongarm tactics used by the BCCI to get its way have become commonplace in the ICC governance regime. The battle is over the size of that share and who determines it.
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