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Sad day for cricket, says Paul Marsh

Calcutta/Colombo: Paul Marsh, executive chairman of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), on Monday expressed deep anguish over the International Cricket Council’s decision to approve changes to its governance, competition and financial models.

In a statement, Marsh said: “This is a very sad day for our game.” The statement quoted Marsh as saying: “Whilst unfortunately the final outcome had an air of inevitability about it once the process became clear, it again highlights how poorly our game is governed.

Meanwhile in Colombo, Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage on Monday said the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had no other choice but to abstain from voting during the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, after South Africa did a U-turn on the Big Three’s plan to revamp the ICC structure.

“When Haroon Lorgat said South Africa was to back it, we had no choice but to abstain from voting. We were banking on South Africa’s opposition,” Aluthgamage said.