BCCI slammed for strong-arm tactics to oust Tim May from 'key' ICC post

Last Updated: Sun, May 05, 2013 04:30 hrs

Long-serving cricket advocate Tim May is facing the danger of losing a key post at the International Cricket Council (ICC) because of lobbying from India.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have threatened to prevent the election of May, who otherwise had unanimous support among other nations, and have forced a re-vote for the position of players' representative on the ICC cricket committee, News.com.au reports.

According to Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Paul Marsh, the popular May was voted in to the position by a majority of Test captains, before the BCCI stepped in and demanded that the captains clear their votes with their home boards.

Stating that many are now changing their votes after intense BCCI lobbying, Marsh said that the issue highlights the political problems that are rife in international cricket currently.

Criticising the BCCI, Marsh said that the Indian board continues to abuse their power, adding that it is shameful that the ICC and the five Test captains who changed their votes, even though under extreme BCCI pressure, were not strong enough to stand up for what is right.

Stating that the issue will affect the game, Marsh said that the disappointing part is that the ICC Cricket Committee deals exclusively with on-field issues for which the legitimate voice of the players will not be heard.

South African Cricketers' Association CEO Tony Irish, who is also on the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), said that the voting was now in favour of India's preferred candidate Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, adding that some of the smaller Test-playing nations were pressured into changing their vote.

However, Irish said that FICA would lodge a written protest with the ICC about the intervention, adding that cricket is a global game and the decisions that are made should be global decisions for the benefit of the global game, not for the benefit of one country

The forcing of the re-vote was indicative of the burgeoning commercial and political power of India within world cricket.

African and Asian blocs - including India - within the ICC dismissed the candidacy of former Australian prime minister John Howard without a vote, the report added. (ANI)

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