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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 23, 2014
MELBOURNE---Cricket s most powerful
players representative says planned
reforms of world cricket will widen the
gap between the sport s big three and
smaller nations, undermining the com-
petitiveness of the international game.
Paul Marsh, head of the Federation of
International Cricketers Associations
which combines the player associations
of seven of the International Cricket Coun-
cil s ten full members, described aspects
of the leaked reform proposals as "dis-
turbing," saying they will broaden dis-
parities between cricket s "rich and poor."
Although details of the proposals have
not been made public, they are reported
to give India, England and Australia control
over the ICC, Test cricket, its revenue,
and a greater say in when and where they
play series. The three also would hold
dominance over the ICC s decision-mak-
ing executive board.
Marsh yesterday joined widespread crit-
icism of the new regulations drawn up
by a working group of the ICC finance
and commercial affairs committee. South
Africa has already condemned the draft
document as "fundamentally flawed."
The proposed reforms would likely see
the revision or abandonment of the Future
Tours Programme (FTP) which guarantees
smaller nations regular series against the
big three sides.
"The proposals relating to scheduling
are disturbing," Marsh said.
"Of significance is the section that
offers a guarantee from Cricket Australia
and the ECB to play three Tests and five
ODIs per cycle to each of the top eight
members, yet there is no mention of any
such guarantee from the BCCI."
Marsh said all ICC member nations,
including Australia and England, rely
heavily on proceeds from India tours
for the sustainability of the sport in
"What chance do the majority of mem-
bers have of survival if the BCCI decides
not to tour their countries on at least a
semi-regular basis?" he said.
Marsh also raised concerns about the
proposal s recommendation that revenues
be distributed to ICC members on a pro-
rata basis, "based on commercial contri-
"The result of this will be the countries
that need ICC income most will receive
the least while the big three will get the
lion s share even though they are already
financially healthy because of the value
of the rights to their bilateral series.
"The role of ICC events should be to
assist in levelling the financial playing
field by distributing the proceeds from
these events fairly, rather than further
widening the gap between the rich and
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson
indicated there was still a long process to
be followed before any reforms were
"These are just recommendations that
they have put together, it s by our working
group of members of our finance and
commercial affairs committee," he said.
"They are representatives from England,
Australia and India.
"Those proposals are still to be discussed
in full by our finance committee as an
example and the full ICC board when it
meets at the end of January.
"So at this stage it s far too premature
for the ICC to make any comment on the
content of the proposals because as we
speak, we re still going through them,
getting further clarifications, finding out
exactly what is intended, and then hope-
fully we will be able to have (a) proper
discussion about these at the board meet-
ing at the end of the month."
Tears flowed from the several
players and staff, while others
reminded the team that they
National Olympian Cleopatra
Borel said, "Your greatest disap-
pointments sometimes turn out
to be your greatest source of
motivation," at a luncheon hosted
by the Ministry of Sport and the
Sport Company of T&T
(SporTT), yesterday in recogni-
tion of the national women s
Under-20 team, which was mere
minutes away from qualifying
for a first-ever Fifa Women s U-
20 World Cup in the Cayman
Islands on Sunday, before suf-
fering a heavy 7-3 extra-time
defeat to Costa Rica.
The function, held at Hilton
Trinidad & Conference Centre,
provided a forum for a number
of speakers including the Minister
of Sport Anil Roberts, executive
members of the T&T Football
Association (TTFA), the women s
Under-20 national team manager
Lyndell Hoyte-Sanchez and
women s senior national team
player Maylee Attin-Johnson, all
of whom gave their take on the
team s loss.
The general consensus was the
team ought to be congratulated
for becomming the first
Caribbean team to make it to the
semifinal of the Concacaf Cham-
pionship, thus breaking ground.
The loss remained noticably
etched in some of the faces of
approximately half the squad
present at the luncheon.
After Borel offered encouraging
words to the team, Hoyte-
Sanchez was brought to tears
before taking to the podium.
"Before we left, we knew Costa
Rica was the team to play (in the
third-place playoff). It all worked
out as planned. It was the game
of their life. They stuck to the
plan. I just don t know what hap-
Continuing to fight back tears,
Hoyte-Sanchez said, "We wanted
to do this so bad for the country
and also to lift women s football
in Trinidad and the Caribbean."
Nevertheless, she expressed pride
in the team s effort.
Her cries fuelled a spirited
response from Sport Minister
Roberts, who said he witnessed
the grit and determination in the
team s training prior to their
departure. He said their dedica-
tion spoke volumes, and would
continue to support the team.
"You cry!" Roberts said to
Unlike the women s Under-
20 team, he said many local ath-
letes would opt to swallow a loss
by partying, as if they were not
serious about their sport.
"We (are) fed up of athletes
taking things for granted. I will
argue for you in cabinet."
Roberts encouraged the team
to continue in its efforts to thrive
for a place at the World Cup,
saying they had several advan-
tages over men.
"Women are more disciplined,
stronger and can take more pain,"
Eleven of the team members
were present at the luncheon.
Some of those absent were on
vacation, while others were
abroad reviewing schools,
according to the team s captain
Anique Walker, the team s leading
scorer at the tournament with
Walker said it was a wonderful
journey and was appreciative of
the supporters back home.
"However," she added, "It (the
loss) will haunt me for the rest
of my life."
Tim Kee, Phillips
reaffirms TTFA's vision
TTFA technical director Shel-
don Phillips and president Ray-
mond Tim Kee both spoke at
yesterday s luncheon.
Tim Kee was of the opinion
that T&T had, at intervals,
proved the better of the two
teams in a losing third-place
playoff, but acknowledged fitness
as one of the determining attrib-
uted to the loss.
"I am disappointed that we
didn t continue showing the
world that we are better than
Costa Rica, after half time.
Because, as I saw it, you all were
the better team," he said.
"I think, however, that fitness
had to do with something, and,
therefore, I do not know that you
were prepared for the 90 min-
utes, which is a huge challenge."
He, however, was proud that
T&T became the first Caribbean
team to advance to the knockout
round of the Concacaf Cham-
Phillips said the team needed
to continue to train, while the
association continued to attract
partners in aiding with the devel-
opment of the women s game.
He said: "You re more than
just footballers; You re activists.
Because what you re trying to
prove and what you re trying to
sell is the importance of the
women s game."
Phillips said this year, 2014,
would see the women s game as
the primary focus of the asso-
ciation, as it continues its mission
to have all national teams qualify
for their respective Fifa compe-
titions by 2018.
SYDNEY---Cricket Australia Chairman,
Wally Edwards, has defended a plan to
centralise power in world cricket with
India and England.
Edwards, a key figure in the drafting
of a proposal, has broken his usual silence
in the face of heavy criticism from the
Federation of International Cricketers
The proposed changes, which have
become the subject of major debate, will
come before members during the quarterly
meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29.
"Traditionally, CA does not comment
on ICC discussions it is about to have---
we talk to other ICC nations across the
table rather than via the media," Edwards
"But we were today disappointed to
see the Federation of International
Cricketers Associations question
whether CA and others have met their
fiduciary duties as ICC members."
FICA, which represents player associ-
ations in seven of the ICC s ten full mem-
ber countries, had declared itself "extreme-
ly concerned" with the leaked proposal.
Edwards is the first chairman of the
three nations tabling the proposal to speak
publicly about it.
"Setting aside the fact that we are yet
to discuss and vote, CA s approach inter-
nationally is consistent with its approach
at home where we have made significant
strides improving the governance of Aus-
tralian cricket," said Edwards.
"There will be a discussion in the next
few days among the ICC s full member
nations about possible changes to how
the ICC works".
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
was due to continue a meeting, by tele-
conference, yesterday discussing the sub-
Edwards defends new
plan to control cricket
Tears for U-20 Soca Princesses
...Roberts lauds team effort
Women's Under-20 national team manager Lyndell Hoyte-Sanchez sheds a tear in her address at a
luncheon hosted by the Ministry of Sport and the Sport Company of T&T (SporTT), in recognition of
the team's historic fourth-placed finish at the Concacaf Women's U-20 Championship, in the Cayman
Islands, on Sunday. Next to her is Anique Walker, the team's captain. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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