International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson.
International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson. DAVE HUNT

ICC proposals to shake up cricket

CRICKET: The International Cricket Council has put forward a number of proposals that could change the shape of the game.

Among those proposals coming out of the meeting at the ICC's Dubai headquarters is the top nine Test-playing countries competing against each other in a rolling two-year league.

Games would also be played against the next three highest-ranked teams - Zimbabwe and most likely Ireland and Afghanistan - with them also a chance to be members, provided they met "membership criteria", the ICC said.

The ICC also said a 13-team one-day international league would take place during a three-year period leading into qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

The other major proposal was a regional Twenty20 competition structure to be developed as a pathway to qualification for the ICC World T20.

An ICC statement said: "A scheduling summit will now be held in March before a detailed proposal is put to the ICC board in April."

The aim is to provide greater "context" for bilateral matches and ICC chief executive David Richardson added: "The ICC chief executives' committee has explored a whole range of solutions to the future structure of bilateral cricket ranging from the status quo to two-tier leagues and every possible option in between.

"The model the group has agreed on enables us to provide context for all three formats of the game and in the case of the ODI and T20 solutions the approach goes beyond the full members and aligns bilateral cricket with qualification for ICC events."

The proposed moves are believed to be a bid to take away the power of the so-called "big three" countries - India, England and Australia.

In 2014, control of the ICC was effectively ceded to the "big three", with many observers arguing they took too large a share of the game's global revenue.

ICC chairman, India's Shashank Manohar, said the "broader principles" agreed included a "revised financial distribution ensuring a more equitable distribution of revenues" and the "equal weight of votes for all board members regardless of membership status".

"Today was an important step forward for the future of the ICC and cricket around the world," he said.

"The proposals from the working group to reverse the resolutions of 2014 and deliver a revised constitution and financial model were accepted by the ICC board and now we will work collectively to refine the detail for final sign-off in April.

"I want the ICC to be reasonable and fair in our approach to all 105 members and the revised constitution and financial model does that."

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