Australian Cricketers Association hits out at Cricket Australia for siding with BCCI and ECB in quest for ICC power

On the eve of the three-Test series, Australian Cricketers Association president Greg Dyer said Cricket Australia has betrayed South Africa by joining hands with BCCI and ECB to take control of ICC.

Updated: January 30, 2014 18:18 IST
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On the eve of the highly-anticipated three-match Test series between Australia and South Africa, Australian Cricketers Association president Greg Dyer has lashed out at Cricket Australia for joining hands with the Board of Control for Cricket in India and England & Wales Cricket Board in their quest to control the functioning of the International Cricket Council, instead of backing South Africa and protesting against the 'anarchial' plans of the troika. (India, England and Australia close to becoming International Cricket Council's 'Big Three')

Dyer felt that Australia have left South Africa stranded, despite the latter putting best quality performance on the field. "The timing of the proposal is notable, opportunistically leveraging significant tensions which currently exist between India and South Africa," he said, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday. (West Indies back ICC plans on revenue share)

Not very long ago, the No.1 Test team in the world, South Africa faced the wrath of the BCCI, whose blatant displeasure for the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as the CSA CEO led to a truncated tour and strained the relationship between the two 'friendly' Boards. Cricket Australia's latest 'joint venture' with BCCI and ECB, leaves them further stranded and face the threat of being blocked out by those at the helm in major decision making processes, if a debatable proposal paper on governance and revenue share is accepted. (Cricket to be run by India, England and Australia?)

The likes of New Zealand and West Indies, who were intially apprehensive about the 'Big Three's' takeover plans, have taken a complete U-turn after finding 'personal' benefits in the revised draft presented by the trio. Even Bangladesh, who initially feared their Test status, have joined the bandwagon after the proposal of two-tier system in Tests was withdrawn, ensuring their Test status is not in jeopardy. That leaves Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa as the last three survivors on the other side of the fence, and a vote from just one of them will allow the restructuring and the 'take over' to go on. (Pakistan, Sri Lanka oppose ICC overhaul plans)

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