West Indies Cricket Board President (WICB) Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron says that planned changes to the structure and governance of international cricket will benefit the game in the Caribbean.
Sri Lanka Now Support ICC Changes
The Executive Committee met today (17th February) at SLC headquarters to converse regarding the revised resolutions forwarded by the ICC at the ICC Board meeting held on 8th February 2014 in Singapore.
Subsequent to the committee members assessing the revised resolutions in detail, all members were satisfied with the amendments made in the areas of governance and competition models and thus unanimously decided to support the paper.
Further the Executive Committee proposed the relevant officials to engage in discussions with other member nations to negotiate bi-lateral tours in the FTP (Future Tour Programme) which are in a favorable manner to SLC.
Sri Lanka Cricket statement, 17th February 2014
Speaking at a press conference in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Cameron reiterated the West Indies' support for the key principles drawn up by the ICC Board at a meeting in Singapore earlier this month.
The West Indies were one of eight Full Members that voted in support of the principles; Sri Lanka have subsequently lent their support despite abstaining from the vote at the time.
Cameron is adamant that the new principles will see more money for all ICC members through increased revenues and a Test match fund which will enable the West Indies to earn direct revenue from bilateral tours to other countries.
"Increased revenue in these areas will redound to the benefit of West Indies cricket through more funds invested into development, longer first-class seasons and other areas," Cameron said.
"The WICB projects an increase of more than 100 per cent in ICC revenue for the upcoming eight-year cycle of international matches based on the proposals when compared to the previous eight-year cycle.
"The WICB and all other full members now play international cricket based on the Future Tours Programme which is spread over a period of eight years.
"It is negotiated between members and compiled by the ICC, and is based on two cycles of four years and it obliges us to play every full member twice – once home and once away – in every four-year cycle.
"Currently, West Indies have the most unfavourable allocation of matches of all the full members of the ICC, based on the current FTP schedule, and this is largely the reason the WICB is set to have a major deficit at the end of the financial year, September 30, 2014."
Under the new system, the West Indies would be able to host more profitable tours and fewer less profitable tours.
"Based on the proposed bilateral structure, the WICB will be able to negotiate fees when the West Indies team plays in away series, as was the case prior to the establishment of the FTP."
"As the West Indies team continues to regain strength, the WICB will be able to negotiate more for our brand, which is a most significant consideration.
"Also, where the WICB hosts unprofitable tours, we will now be able to access the newly proposed Test Match Fund to help offset costs.
"We can inform you now that the WICB has already secured commitments from from the major boards to play an increased number of matches and series during the next eight-year cycle.
"This will allow WICB to grow revenue significantly through television and sponsorship with increased opportunities to play against the more attractive teams in the game."
He went on to state that he was not concerned by the prospect of the West Indies effectively being 'relegated' to a second tier of Test cricket.
"As it stands, the top nine teams - including West Indies - will continue to play Test matches," he confirmed.
"The risk of ‘relegation’ is only realistic for the 10th-ranked team. West Indies is currently ranked seventh and is in no realistic position to be ranked 10th in the foreseeable future.
"With the increased revenue and a fortified development programme, the WICB is determined to ensure that the West Indies team is nowhere near being ranked 10th in the World, allowing us to continue to play all formats of the game in full - and put us in a strong position to negotiate with every other full member for participation in home and away tours."
He finished by affirming that although Cricket Australia, the England & Wales Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India are set to take a leading role on ICC Committees, the WICB will not suffer through the organisational changes that the ICC are undertaking.
“We want to make it abundantly clear: The WICB has not relinquished any powers as a full member of the ICC," he said.
"The WICB remains a full member of the ICC with full voting rights on all matters.
"The WICB will be eligible for membership to all committees, chairmanship of all committees, and the presidency and chairmanship of the ICC.
"As such, I am a member of the Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee and will retain that position following the organizational transition.
"The WICB is extremely confident it will not be hurt by the organizational transition of the ICC and the World governing body will be stronger outfit as a result."
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