Thursday, June 02, 2011

Players rate BCCI too controlling

Posted by Admin On 6:30 PM

In a recent review by FICA, most of the international players say that the BCCI say ICC's decision-making. Though, 40 per cent of them said they were eager to skip national duty for playing in the cash-rich IPL run by the BCCI.

Asked if ICC decision-making was prejudiced unfairly by the power of BCCI, 69 per cent said 'yes' while 31 per cent answered 'don't know'. None of the respondents gave a ultimate 'no' in the Federation of global Cricketers' Associations survey of 45 international players during the new World Cup in the subcontinent.

No Indian player is a member of FICA. FICA chief executive Tim May, who released the survey results, said the answer raised important issues, with 46 per cent of the players saying the structure and work of art of the ICC decision-making board should be appraisal.

Players have tinted that the governance of the game is a serious issue. FICA have continually advocated for a review of the game's governance. Its present arrangement is outdated, full of conflict, cronyism and far from best do,he said.

Interestingly, nearly a third of players polled said they would give up work early from international cricket to play exclusively in Indian Premier League, citing fears over fixture clash curbing their contribution in IPL.

Around 40 per cent of players feel that given the scale of salaries being offered by the IPL, they could imagine a day where they would rank their compulsion to IPL and other T20 events ahead of compulsion to their home boards.

And, 94 per cent of the players believed that better salaries offered by the IPL would motivate younger players to hone their skills mainly to Twenty20. Only six per cent of group of actors polled believed that choice at ICC board level were made in the best wellbeing of cricket, while 49 per cent felt choice were made according to party lines or best interests of the country that they are on behalf of. The residual players were unsure.

The IPL continues to be popular with the players, and its superior pay structures for the players, continue to challenge players' priority over international cricket,he added.When players are able to earn over 10 times their annual salary from their Boards, for just seven weeks cricket in the IPL, it would be reckless of Boards to continue to agenda international matches throughout IPL and expect players to stay loyal to the Board and international cricket,he said.

The chief executive also added that the ICC day-to-day management has improved considerably and the world body's image was marked as a result of decisions of the ICC Chief Executive and Board Committees. In another important finding, 77 per cent of respondents supposed that the five-year bans hand to three Pakistani cricketers by the ICC for spot-fixing offences last year were too lenient. An ICC tribunal found Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif guilty of arrange on purpose pre-planned no-balls during the Test against England last August, and they received bans ranging from five to ten years.

None of the 45 players surveyed believed the punishment were too harsh, while 23 per cent considered the bans fair. Notably, FICA is not affiliated with players from Pakistan, besides from India and Zimbabwe.The vast number of players wants significant penalties to be invoked against those who are found guilty of serious dishonesty offences,May said.

Whilst 100 percent of players say that they will report any corrupt approaches made to them, 20 percent of them do not have self-assurance in the ICC to treat this information confidentially,said May. He added that the majority of the 45 players polled were more at ease reporting corruption approach to their team manager, than to the ICC Anti Corruption Unit.

An overwhelming majority of the players polled strongly hold up the Umpire Decision Review System with 97 per cent of them saying that the DRS should be made required in all Test match. India has been a stop critic of the DRS.

82 per cent said the DRS made for better decision-making from umpire at the World Cup. However, 74 per cent of the players surveyed felt the World Cup in the subcontinent was still too long while 72 per cent backed the choice to reduce the number of teams in the next World Cup to 10. 91 per cent of the players felt the connect nations should have a chance to qualify as well.

The survey also exposed strong support for 50-over cricket with only 24 per cent of the players polled favored a alter in the format of ODIs. 39 per cent felt the cricket boards scheduled too many ODIs, reducing the public attention in the format.

The FICA survey revealed some good news for the ICC, with 94 per cent of players rating the new World Cup in the subcontinent as good or above, compared to only 11 per cent giving the 2007 tournament that level of hold up.

 

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