ICC revamp plan entirely motivated by money: Lord Woolf
Lord Harry Woolf, who reviewed the governance of the International Cricket Council and submitted his report in 2013, has said the new plans to give India, England and Australia greater power in running the ICC is entirely motivated by money.
Based on the Woolf recommendation, a new system would limit the ICC presidency to an ambassadorial role, while a chairman would lead the board from 2014 onwards.
The 68-page report, which was commissioned by the ICC board, calls for overhauling the sport's governing body to ensure the ICC is no longer "a club" for the Test playing nations.
It suggests the ICC should be positioned and empowered to promote, develop and act in the best interests of the international game as a whole, and called for restructuring the ICC's executive board to make it independent and give a greater voice to associate and affiliate nations, Sport24 reports.
But in January 2014, the ICC said it had reached unanimous agreement on the outline of a plan to give the sport's most financially powerful nations - India, England and Australia - a greater say in running the world game.
Woolf told UK's Daily Telegraph that this is a a really alarming position for the future of cricket, and added if new plan is considered it would be a retrograde step.
He said giving extraordinary powers to a small triumvirate of three people seems to be entirely motivated by money.
Woolf said that, if implemented, the ICC would cease to be a global governing body and be more like a private members' club.
(Posted on 08-02-2014)