MUMBAI, (Reuters) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) will discuss constitutional amendments to abolish the rotational policy of appointing its head and avoid “government interference” in the game’s administration at next week’s conference in Hong Kong.
“Under the new proposal, the executive board will decide the process and term of office from time to time, subject to certain qualifying criteria,” the ICC said in a statement yesterday.
“This would remove the current rotational system of nomination and the fixed term of appointment as set out in the ICC Articles of Association.”
Any such constitutional amendment would impact Pakistan the most as the South Asian country was supposed to nominate the administrator who would succeed New Zealander Alan Isaac, now a vice president, as the ICC chief in 2014.
Isaac will take over from incumbent Sharad Pawar of India next year.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials have been quoted in the media as saying that they would vehemently oppose the amendments.
The ICC move to reduce government interference would also affect the PCB, the chairman of which is appointed directly by country’s president, who is designated chief patron of the board.
Sri Lanka is not free from government interference either. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is an interim body and issues such as team selection have to be approved by their sports ministry.
“The full council of the ICC will consider a constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring free elections of member boards and avoiding undue government interference in the administration of cricket, in line with the regulations of other major sporting bodies,” the statement said.
The five-day conference, which starts on Sunday, will also consider the recommendations made by the cricket committee that includes the Decision Review System (DRS) and day-night test matches.
Ireland, who recorded memorable victories over Pakistan and England in the past two editions of the World Cup, will have their fingers crossed when president Pawar asks the ICC executive board to reconsider its decision to restrict the 2015 edition to the 10 test-playing member nations.
The ICC initially decided to restrict the next edition of the 50-over World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand, to the 10 member nations but later proposed a qualifying tournament for associate nations.