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08-Feb-2014 10:00:00 GMT
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ICC Passes Controversial Revamp Despite Protests

Dubai: Cricket's world body Saturday passed a wide-ranging and controversial shake-up of its governance and structure despite strident protests that it gives too much power to the "Big Three" of India, England and Australia.

The dominant trio seemed to be the big winners after the proposals were approved by the necessary eight out of 10 full members at a hastily convened International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Singapore.

Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa had all opposed the revamp when it was debated last month, but South Africa's Chris Nenzani voted in favour at Saturday's meeting. Sri Lanka and Pakistan abstained.

In the revamped ICC, India -- which contributes 80 percent of global revenues -- and fellow powerhouses England and Australia will have permanent seats on a new, five-member executive committee.

The committee will make recommendations to the decision-making body, the ICC board, which will be chaired by India's N. Srinivasan from the middle of this year.

Revenues will be distributed according to countries' contributions -- financial, sporting and historical -- but the seven non-"Big Three" members will be boosted by a new Test Cricket Fund.

The Future Tours Programme, designed to guarantee series for all Test teams, will be changed with a series of binding, bilateral agreements to be struck between members.

And the World Test Championship, which was due to debut in 2017, has been scrapped, with the one-day Champions Trophy continuing in 2017 and 2021. The Test championship was deemed unworkable, a statement said.

The representatives of South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka did not give details about their positions as they left the meeting, although Sri Lanka's Nishantha Ranatunga said he would hold discussions with his board.

Several of the proposals still need to be adopted by the ICC's Full Council, and they will be drafted by various committees before being submitted for approval.

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