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CSA Ask ICC To Withdraw 'Flawed' Proposal

Australia celebrate the wicket of Kevin Pietersen
Under the terms of the draft proposal, Australia, England and India would be the key stakeholders in the game
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) requesting that they withdraw a draft proposal that would have far-reaching consequences for the world game.

A draft of the proposal, which has been leaked to the press, came from the ICC Finance & Commercial Affairs Commercial Rights Working Group.

It outlined plans to effectively end the Future Tours Programme, prevent Australia, England or India from being relegated from a newly-created top tier of Test cricket and ensure those countries would hold the balance of power in the sport's governing body.

In a letter to ICC President Alan Isaac, which has been copied to Full Members, CSA President Chris Nenzani wrote:

"Without addressing the merits of the proposal insofar as it concerns Constitutional amendments and changes to ICC competitions, these proposals should first be referred to the relevant ICC committees or sub-committees for proper consideration and to make recommendations to the ICC Board.

"Although there is nothing to prevent a review of the ICC funding model or finances, the proposal self-evidently is inextricably tied up with a fundamental restructuring of the ICC, which has far-reaching Constitutional implications.

"The draft proposal is, therefore, fundamentally flawed as regards the process and, therefore, in breach of the ICC Constitution.

"In the circumstances we propose that the draft proposal be withdrawn immediately given that the proper procedures have not been followed.

"In our respectful opinion, a more considered, inclusive/consultative, and properly Constitutionally-ordained approach is required."

Meanwhile, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have released a statement saying that their Board of Directors are also discussing the document.

"The Board of Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board today met by teleconference and discussed the issue of ICC Group Structure Governance, Financial Model, Bi-lateral cricket and ICC events," it read.

"The matter was discussed at length and the Board will reconvene, again by teleconference, on Wednesday January 22nd to continue the discussion."

Under the proposals, the West Indies would find themselves in the second tier of Test cricket playing the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

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