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    India, England, Australia close to becoming International Cricket Council's 'Big Thre

    Bunch of wankers looking after themselves.



    They have kicked South Africa in the guts....and the rest of the playing Nations........

    I hope SA stick it to the Aussies. NZ just stuffed the Indians 4-nil in a one day series. Som nom na!



    the cricket Boards of India, Australia and England are close to officially becoming International Cricket Council super-powers. With most Full member nations assured of guarantees on revenue share and Test status, it is just a matter of time before the proposals on an ICC revamp are formally accepted

    India, Australia and England -the self-proclaimed 'Big Three' -- are close to officially becoming the super boys of world cricket. The 'Position Paper', largely aimed at giving sweeping powers to Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board, will soon become a reality, if reports are to be believed. The 'rebel' group is slowly losing its 'unity' and the Big Three is surely but steadily en route to securing the votes needed to push their ambitious revamp plans through. (Cricket to be run by India, England and Australia?)

    Although no Board has officially put pen to paper, several top officials on the Executive Board and representing their nations at the ICC, have, on record, nodded in approval of the proposed changes that give the Big Three supreme control in the way cricket will be played from 2015 and revenue from the game shared in accordance to the commercial 'value' a Test-playing nation brings on the table. (West Indies back ICC plans on revenue share)

    A lot of water seems to have flowed down the Persian Gulf in the last 48 hours when the ICC Executive Board met in Dubai on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 'Position Paper', piloted by the BCCI, sparked a furious debate with the cricket world almost on the verge of a split. The cricket Boards of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South Africa were clear that the paper had "fundamental flaws." With four of the 10 Full Members in hostile mood, the ICC went against a vote. Better sense prevailed when the Big Three took the path of dialogue, agreed to tweak the 'disturbing' clauses and of course, offer a few guarantees. Within 24 hours, cash-strapped West Indies officially accepted the key principles leading to the revamp, New Zealand verbally backed the big boys and Bangladesh carefully let their guard down. (Pakistan, Sri Lanka oppose ICC overhaul plans)

    Given the importance of this 'Position Paper', it will need a special resolution to accept the far-reaching changes. ICC will require a meeting to pass the resolution and according to its constitution eight out of the 10 full members will need to back the proposal. The 'Big Three' is apparently one vote away from the three-fourths majority needed to push the proposals through. If one among Pakistan, Sri Lanka or South Africa agree to back the 'Big Three', the battle would be won. (Blog: Only good on-field performances can boost India's stature in ICC's boardroom)

    Article 6.12 (a)3(b) in the constitution, which deals with voting on a special resolution, reads: "Resolution proposed at Conference or at a Special Meeting shall be deemed to have been carried as a Special Resolution only if not less than three-quarters of the aggregate number of votes exercisable by all the Full Members shall have been cast in favour of the Resolution, irrespective of whether or not all of the Full Members shall have actually been present in person or by proxy."

    Financially struggling Pakistan look the most gullible to bite the revenue share bait. Virtually banished by the cricket world due to the hostile political condition prevailing in its country, the Pakistan Cricket Board has not hosted an international fixture at home since March 2009 when gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. This has resulted in depleting bank balance. Under the circumstances, it would be foolish to let go of assured revenue.

    Last week, former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja, when asked on the draft proposal, told a TV channel: "I think we can benefit a lot from the situation and what we can do is get long-term financial benefits and also sign long-term bilateral contracts for series with these three nations. We should not go with the popular opinion but think about our own benefits because every board will do that." India have already agreed to play Pakistan at a 'neutral' venue.

    It is a known fact that BCCI generates 80 per cent of world cricket revenue. The only way most other Boards remain financially afloat is from the colossal television rights they receive from a tour by India. West Indies and Bangladesh quickly fell in line when they were guaranteed no relegation from Test cricket and India will tour more frequently to help generate revenue. These clearly proved to be the clinching factors. For the Big Three, the asking rate is pretty much achievable now.
    India, England, Australia close to becoming International Cricket Council's 'Big Three' | Cricket - News | NDTVSports.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok
    I hope SA stick it to the Aussies.
    Oh it will be so sweet...I won't be missing that for anything

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    The bacon sarnies must be a bit upset as well.

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    India should not be allowed to have a controlling influence in anything - they're a total corrupt group at every level of everything.

    Diversity in the controlling body would be a strength, so you would want the WIdies, Saffers, Kiwis and perhaps even, if you must, as a compromise, the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    India should not be allowed to have a controlling influence in anything
    Huge fan base and big money = controlling influence.

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    ^money should not be the controlling influence, it corrupts, and that's simple not cricket.

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    Agreed betty, but what to do?

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    Kick the Indians out completely. Let everyone else be a board member, England and Wales get 2 seats (one for England and one for Wales...), the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis only get half a seat each because they are corrupt mofos.

    The Indians cannot survive without test cricket, they would play ball as and when dictated to them. But, these bastards will take everything they can, so you cannot deal with them on equal terms...

    If the Indians get control of the board then the world game will be destroyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    The Indians cannot survive without test cricket
    How on earth do you work that out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Kick the Indians out completely. Let everyone else be a board member, England and Wales get 2 seats (one for England and one for Wales...), the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis only get half a seat each because they are corrupt mofos.

    The Indians cannot survive without test cricket, they would play ball as and when dictated to them. But, these bastards will take everything they can, so you cannot deal with them on equal terms...

    If the Indians get control of the board then the world game will be destroyed.
    You think all the other cricket boards are going to give up all that Indian TV money?

    You're stark raving mad.

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    The Indians will wreck the game within 5 years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    The Indians cannot survive without test cricket
    How on earth do you work that out?
    Nobody can survive without test cricket - obviously... Everything else is just filler before the main event.

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    Indians are cricket mad. But they are obsessed with the short formats. IPL matches get much bigger crowds than test matches quite often. Some of the test crowds have been beyond pathetic. They mostly turned up to see tendulkar play, but he's gone now, so crowds will be even more pitiful.

    They could survive without test cricket, as the IPL alone makes more $$$$ than international games, but it would be bad for the game, and eventually bad for India too.

    I have heard they threatened to go it alone and pull out of the ICC if they don't get their own way. Wankers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Nobody can survive without test cricket - obviously... Everything else is just filler before the main event.
    India have played four test matches in the last 11 months!

    I think you're talking according to your preference rather than the obvious preference of Indian cricket goers.

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    It's a sad fact that here are only 3 genuine Test countries that generate home and away interest. Oz, the Saffas and your sad lot. That's a combined population of about 90 mill.

    Windies are a faded glory,, soccer and basketball pinch all the talent now.
    NZ are just too small a talent pool.
    Pakis can't have home matches and couldn't be trusted to not use a double headed coin at the toss.
    Bangladesh has never been a chance
    Sri Lanka seems past it.
    And India can only win at home on their doctored pitches. They are a pathetic touring side outside their coddled home environment they go to pieces.

    The budget and profits from this years IPL is probably bigger than all other cricket combined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Nobody can survive without test cricket
    There are dinosaurs like us who believe test cricket to the the ultimate sport apart from The Open Championship...but there are 1 billion Indians who disagree
    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99
    It's a sad fact that here are only 3 genuine Test countries that generate home and away interest. Oz, the Saffas and your sad lot. That's a combined population of about 90 mill.
    Sad but true
    Quote Originally Posted by Wally Dorian Raffles
    Indians are cricket mad. But they are obsessed with the short formats. IPL matches get much bigger crowds than test matches quite often. Some of the test crowds have been beyond pathetic. They mostly turned up to see tendulkar play, but he's gone now, so crowds will be even more pitiful.
    True
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    The Indians will wreck the game within 5 years...
    Highly possible...if one regards test cricket as the game.

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