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CSA screams: Unconstitutional, flawed

Calcutta: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has become the only national board to call for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to withdraw the “draft proposal” that would put power in international cricket in the hands of India, England and Australia. Calling the plans “in breach of the ICC constitution”, CSA has now made its opposition clear.

Actually, there are a series of proposals. However, the CSA media release only talks of proposal. CSA has called for a more consultative and “constitutionally ordained” process to take place.

“Cricket South Africa has requested the ICC to withdraw the draft proposal emanating from the ICC finance and commercial affairs commercial rights working group to allow for a more consultative and Constitutionally-ordained process to take place,” the CA said in a statement.

The proposals recommend wide-ranging changes in the ICC’s revenue distribution model, administrative structure and the Future Tours Programme.

The official response of CSA to the draft proposals follows a weekend joint session of CSA’s board of directors and the members’ forum.

“Without addressing the merits of the proposal in so far as it concerns constitutional amendments and changes to ICC competitions, these proposals should first be referred to the relevant ICC committees or sub-committees for proper consideration and to make recommendations to the ICC Board,” wrote CSA presient Chris Nenzani, in a letter to ICC president Alan Isaac.

Nenzani is also chairman of the CSA board of directors. The letter has been sent to all full members of the ICC.

“Although there is nothing to prevent a review of the ICC funding model or finances, the proposal self-evidently is inextricably tied up with a fundamental restructuring of the ICC, which has far-reaching constitutional implications,” he said.

“The draft proposal is, therefore, fundamentally flawed as regards the process and, therefore, in breach of the ICC Constitution.”

Nenzani requested for its immediate withdrawal to discuss a more acceptable plan. “In the circumstances we propose that the draft proposal be withdrawn immediately given that the proper procedures have not been followed.”