Global cricketers’ union warns ICC of breakaway tourney

April 17th, 2008 - 7:36 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

London, April 17 (IANS) The global cricketers’ union has threatened “the Indian-dominated” International Cricket Council (ICC) to drastically reform its way of functioning or face a no-confidence motion and lose top stars to a players-run competition. The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), showing its resentment over the way the ICC has handled some key issues like the Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds racial allegations controversy in Australia recently, will decide at its meeting at Austin, Texas, starting May 26 whether to break away from the 100-year-old body.

FICA’s international legal adviser Ian Smith told the Guardian newspaper that the two Indian Twenty20 leagues have helped players re-assess their worth and this has encouraged them to think about playing a breakaway tournament of top cricketers.

“The two days (of the conference) will be dominated by Indian cricket, what to do about the IPL (Indian Premier League), Twenty20 and Stanford (Challenge in West Indies),” he said.

“People are increasingly seriously asking why aren’t we walking away. The competence of the administrators is being called into question at a policy level. We believe that because the players are better organised and that talent has been radically revalued by the Indian leagues it’s time to look at whether the players can do a better job than the current policy makers.”

Smith hoped the resolution at the meeting would demand for more accountability from what he termed as the “Indian-dominated governing board” of the ICC.

“There is no loyalty at all [from the players] towards the ICC at the top level. We know that if someone came along and said let’s do a 10-year,

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