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SLC wants ICC issue put on hold

Colombo/ Johannesburg: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Thursday that they would oppose the proposed International Cricket Council (ICC) draft paper, prepared by a “working group” of the apex body’s finance and commercial affairs committee.

“The executive committee of SLC agreed to write to the ICC president and inform them the unanimous view of SLC that the said draft paper needs to be deferred and reconsidered on a future date,” a SLC release said.

SLC thus joined Cricket South Africa to publicly oppose the draft paper.

Meanwhile, former CSA CEO Jacques Faul feels that the South African board must fight the matter. “This matter must be fought with everything at our disposal,” Faul told a South African newspaper.

“You can probably still accept the notion that three countries (India, Australia and England) generate the biggest revenue in world cricket, but as regards to decision-making over the game, everybody must have an equal opportunity,” Faul added.

The former CEO said plans for the takeover had been long in the making and worked out in fine detail.

“The guys would have done their homework and definitely canvassed votes already. Some of the smaller members could be offered rewards to vote in favour of their plans,” Faul said.

Analysts here have said that despite South Africa being the top Test side, it would generate less revenue than even Pakistan if the proposal is implemented.