Thursday, 22 April 2021

‘Big Three’ governance system not based on equality: Shaharyar

DUBAI: The Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Shaharyar Khan said that he had plans to put forward some ideas about changes in ‘Big Three’ governance at the ICC Board meeting which is to be held in Dubai. “We want the Big Three governance system and revenue distribution formula abolished and we see no constitutional problems for the ICC to do this,” Shaharyar told media before leaving for Dubai.Shaharyar made it clear that Pakistan had supported the Big Three governance system in 2014 because India had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with them that they would play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. “That was our reason and condition for supporting the Big Three but when India has not fulfilled its obligations under the MoU, we see no reason to continue our previous policy,” he pointed out.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has profited the most from the Big Three governance system as they get a lion’s share in revenues which are earned by ICC. BCCI also gets broadcasting rights between 2015 and 2023. “Under the current formula we will end up with just around 98 million dollars while India stands to get around 500 million. We don’t see this as a system based on equality.” “The ICC meetings will give us a chance to sit down with the new office bearers of the Indian cricket board and see what they have in mind specifically in relation to bilateral series with us,” he said.Shaharyar also said that Pakistan would not support four-day Tests as there was no need to tinker with the spirit of Test cricket. “Five day matches are the spirit of Test cricket and what happens if it rains in a four-day Test. I don’t think we need to try to change things with Test matches.”

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