ICC votes for change, but structure stays

A new revenue sharing model endorsed but fans left waiting for changes to structure of bilateral internationals

International Cricket Council members have voted in favour of changes to the governing body's structure of governance and a revamped revenue model at a board meeting in Dubai.

But there has been no decision on a revised structure for international bilateral cricket, with a revised structure for Test and the 50- and 20-over white-ball formats yet to be agreed upon.

"Progress has been made on a number of significant issues, in particular around international cricket structures," said the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

The ICC said there was "a collective will to resolve the current calendar congestion in order to bring a clear framework to all three formats".

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But international cricket moved one small but significant step closer to a return to Pakistan after an ICC delegation attended the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore earlier this year.

"The feasibility of further matches in Pakistan involving a World XI is now being considered from a security and budget perspective," the ICC said in a statement today.

The governance and financial changes required constitutional change, and eliminated the so-called 'big three' structure that had seen the boards of India, England and Australia get the lion's share of funding in line with revenue generated.

The new structure, approved 13-1 with only the Board of Control for Cricket in India dissenting, forecasts the BCCI to receive US$293m in an eight-year cycle between 2016 and 2023.

The same period will see the England and Wales Cricket Board claim US$143m, Zimbabwe Cricket US$94m and the remaining seven Full Members – including Cricket Australia - US$132m each. Associated Members will receive US$280m of funding.

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The constitutional changes, approved 12-2 with India and Sri Lanka voting against, paved the way for the addition of more Full Members of the ICC, which would open the door for countries such as Ireland and Afghanistan to play Test cricket.

A provision for current Full Members to potentially be reclassified to Associate Members – ie, for nations to lose their Test-playing status – was removed.

The constitutional changes will be presented to the ICC Full Council in June for adoption.

ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: "This is another step forward for world cricket and I look forward to concluding the work at the Annual Conference.

"I am confident we can provide a strong foundation for the sport to grow and improve globally in the future through the adoption of the revised financial model and governance structure."