ICC issues sanctions warning for gov’t interference in cricket

HONG KONG,  (Reuters) – Pakistan, Sri Lanka and  Bangladesh have been given a maximum of two years to reorganise  their boards after the International Cricket Council (ICC)  ordered its members to free themselves from government  interference or face sanctions.   

The ICC annual conference upheld a constitutional amendment  to provide for the principle of free elections and the  independence of member boards, cricket’s governing body said in  a statement on Thursday. “It was agreed that all member boards must implement the  provisions before annual conference in June 2012 and a further  12 months (to June 2013) would be allowed before any sanctions  would be considered,” the statement read.  “It was a well-established principle of modern sporting  governance that national federations should be autonomous and  free from interference from government in the administration of  their affairs.”   

The decision means administrative reforms will be required  in at least three test playing nations.   

In Pakistan, the cricket board chief is appointed by the  country’s president, who is designated chief patron of the  board.

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