ICC gives boards two years to fall in line
June 30, 2011
The ICC has given its member boards two years to become democratised and free from government and political interference in a bid to improve governance within the game. The ICC unanimously supported the proposal to amend its constitution for member boards to have free elections at its ongoing annual conference in Hong Kong.
Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, called it a "significant issue" in which, "by the end of 2012, all member boards must have changed or adopted their constitution to comply with the provisions of free elections and non-interference from government bodies."
The boards most affected by the change are those of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh; in Pakistan the president of the country appoints the board chairman; in Sri Lanka the board is effectively answering to the sports ministry; in Bangladesh all board presidents are government-appointed.
The trio had reservations about the proposal when it was first put forth in a February ICC meeting, though by April, the Pakistan board was the only one formally objecting to it. Soon after the April 4 meeting, Pakistan had sent the ICC a legal notice arguing against the proposal; in effect, they said, they had been asked to remove the head of the country from the constitution of the board. The board also argued that the interpretation of 'government interference' - on security matters for example - could be a murky area.