The present BCCI regime’s grievances with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on multiple issues has taken another turn for the worse. The game’s world governing body has decided to keep the Indian Cricket Board – the richest and significantly the most powerful cricket body in the world – away from its Working Group meetings. The BCCI says ICC did not invite India to the previous Working Group meeting that was held in Singapore this September. Another meeting that is scheduled to be held in Adelaide this week also won’t see any BCCI representation, thanks to the ICC. Sources privy to this development told TOI: “BCCI wrote to the ICC recently (informing the parent body) that they wanted to be part of the Adelaide meeting but have not been invited for it. The ICC in return told the BCCI that it is the (ICC) Board that appoints the Working Group.” The Indian Board sees this move on part of the ICC as a deliberate one to keep them out of the picture especially in the backdrop of the differences that had cropped up between top BCCI officials and ICC’s independent chairman Shashank Manohar.
The ICC Board-appointed Working Group, which is looking into the future governance structure of the ICC, including the revenue sharing model, will meet in Adelaide during the day/night Test so that it can discuss and prepare its proposals which will be submitted to the ICC Board early in 2017.