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SYDNEY---Tim May quit as chief executive of the
Federation of International Cricketers Associations
yesterday and took the opportunity to severely crit-
icise the International Cricket Council.
FICA said in a statement that the former Australia
test player, who had held the same post with the
Australian Cricketers Association from 1997 to 2005,
had informed the board of his resignation.
FICA---which represents players from seven of crick-
et s 10 major countries, but not India---demanded
last month that the ICC investigate former India
international Laxman Sivaramakrishnan s victory over
May for a place as a player representative on the ICC s
cricket committee amid allegations of vote fixing.
The ICC denied any evidence of wrongdoing in
the vote and said that despite what it called initial
"confusion" over the process that led to a re-vote,
Sivaramakrishnan was elected fairly and according to
"Over the past 18 months or so, I came to the real-
isation that I was tiring of working in a sport that
was increasingly at odds with the principles I respect,"
May said in Wednesday s statement, without referring
directly to the tainted vote.
"It s time for someone else to continue the battle
for change. After 16 years in the player association
business, it s time that I handed over the reins to
someone who has a fresh zeal for the position."
May said the current issues facing cricket, including
corruption, means the ICC has to take more of a
"More and more we see allegations of corruption
and malpractice on and off the field dominating head-
lines," May said.
"As stakeholders in the game we look to leadership
from the ICC to address these and other issues --- a
vital ingredient of any organisation is the ability of
its leaders to set the moral and principled example
to others, and to police its organization from
top to bottom to ensure adherence to those
"Yet cricket increasingly seems to be push-
ing aside the principles of transparency,
accountability, independence, and upholding
the best interests of the global game, in
favour of a system that appears to operate
through threats, intimidation and backroom
He criticised the ICC board for not taking
more responsibility for instituting recom-
mendations from the independent Woolf
report which called for radical changes to
the governing body, beginning with a restruc-
turing of the ICC s executive board.
"Despite FICA and many other stake-
holders pushing for the recommendations
of the Woolf report to be implemented to
address these shortcomings, the ICC board
see no reason to change," May said. "I trust
that my successor will enjoy a climate where
those on the ICC executive board who are
strong and principled, will push for change..."
Two senior South African players, test
captain Graeme Smith and one-day inter-
national captain AB de Villiers, praised May s
tenure in the job.
"Tim has done a great job for all of us,"
Smith said, adding he "set the foundation
for a genuine collective player voice in cricket
and did so with strength and integrity."
De Villiers said: "Tim has been there for
cricketers as long as I can remember. As a
South African player and captain I really
appreciate what he has achieved for us and
for all other players around the world."
The FICA executive said it will announce
May s replacement soon.
LONDON---IOC presidential candidate Thomas
Bach is calling for "flexibility" in determining which
sports are in the Olympics and proposing a review
of the host city bidding process.
Bach sent his manifesto to IOC members yesterday,
pushing for creation of an Olympic television network,
stronger anti-doping efforts and measures to prevent
the Olympics from being "diluted" by other sports
A copy of the 15-page document was obtained by
The Associated Press.
Bach, an IOC vice president, is one of six candidates
in the race to succeed Jacques Rogge, who steps
down in September after 12 years as head of the
International Olympic Committee.
"The IOC president serves this orchestra as a con-
ductor," Bach said. "I will do my very best to conduct
the IOC in this way of participation, dialogue, con-
sensus and motivation."
Bach, a former Olympic fencing gold medalist,
was the first member to announce his candidacy on
May 9 but held off releasing his detailed programme
The other candidates are IOC vice president Ng
Ser Miang of Singapore, finance commission chairman
Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, amateur boxing
association head C.K. Wu of Taiwan, former pole
vaulter Sergei Bubka of Ukraine and rowing federation
chief Denis Oswald of Switzerland.
The election will be held on September 10 in
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Tim May quits as head of cricketers' union
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