ICC asked to drop 'flawed' proposal
Cricket South Africa has asked the International Cricket Council to withdraw its "fundamentally flawed" proposal to hand greater control of world cricket to governing bodies from England, Australia and India.
An ICC committee has reportedly drafted a plan that would see the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in conjunction with Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), become the three central figures for major decision-making both on and off the field.
A 21-page 'position paper' was sent out to ICC full members earlier this month and Press Association Sport understands it will be discussed at the ICC's executive board meeting on January 28-29.
It is understood the decision will be made solely by the ICC board, with further discussion to take place if required at its meetings in April, July and October.
The key proposal appears to be the formation of a four-man executive committee, on which the ECB, CA and BCCI would all be guaranteed a place. The other position would be selected by the three boards annually.
The powers of the proposed executive committee would reportedly supersede those of the ICC's executive board - a panel on which all the full-member nations sit to agree major decisions.
The CSA has now become the first of the other seven full member nations to publicly state whether it would back or deny such a proposal - a proposal it described as "fundamentally flawed" in a statement released on Monday night.
CSA president Chris Nenzani asked the ICC to withdraw the proposal "to allow for a more consultative and Constitutionally-ordained process to take place".
In a letter addressed to ICC president Alan Isaac, Nenzani said: "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"In the circumstances we propose that the draft proposal be withdrawn immediately given that the proper procedures have not been followed.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."
This month's meeting will allow all full member nations to discuss the proposal and any other topics for debate, such as the idea of a two-tier Test structure, which is reportedly on the agenda.
That system, which would involved promotion and relegation, could potentially allow the likes of associate countries such as Ireland the chance to play Test cricket.
Cricket Ireland has set a target date of 2020 to win approval to be included in Test ranks under the ICC's current specifications.
While associate nations may prosper from the chance to win promotion, part of the radical plan reportedly includes making England, Australia and India immune from relegation.
That would ensure the three most economically powerful nations would be guaranteed to play Test series against each other during each cycle - including the Ashes.