6 Feb 2014

ECB boss backs ICC overhaul

6:38 am on 6 February 2014

The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board says an overhaul of the International Cricket Council will give countries greater financial security.

ICC members will decide this weekend whether to give more power to the 'Big Three' of England, India and Australia.

ECB boss Giles Clarke says if anyone thinks that international cricket was working, they're mistaken.

England, India and Australia are behind a draft submission debated at the ICC's board meeting last week, which included a number of controversial recommendations.

Among them are wide-reaching executive powers for each of the 'Big Three', a new model of revenue distribution that would see the richest nations receive a greater share of ICC funds, and an end to the centralised Future Tours Programme.

No vote was taken at the meeting in Dubai, although a series of "unanimously supported principles" were released.

However, Pakistan and South Africa have already registered their opposition in advance of this weekend's meeting in Singapore to discuss - and possibly vote on - the proposals.

After the Dubai meeting New Zealand representatives spoke positively of the potential changes.