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India's influence in world cricket too much, says players

June 3, 2011 - Wellington

A majority of international players think India has too much influence in running international cricket.

Participating in a survey carried out by the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) during this year's World Cup, at least 7 in 10 players (70 percent) thought the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) exerted too much influence on the sport globally.

"Players have highlighted that the governance of the game is a serious issue," FICA chief executive Tim May said.

According to the survey, only six percent said International Cricket Council (ICC) decisions were made in the best interests of the game, while 69 percent agreed the decision making of the ICC was influenced unfairly by the power of the BCCI.

A further 31 percent answered "don't know" to the question on the BCCI's influence, meaning not a single player gave a definitive no, reports.

"FICA have continually advocated for a review of the game's governance. Its present structure is outdated, full of conflicts, cronyism and far from best practice," former Australia cricketer May said.

Despite the concern on India's role, almost one-third of the 45 players surveyed said they would consider giving up international cricket prematurely to play exclusively in the BCCI's Indian Premier League or other Twenty20 cricket competitions.

"The Indian Premier League continues to be popular with the players, and its superior pay structures for the players, continue to challenge players' priority over international cricket," May said while releasing the survey on Thursday.

The survey participants also said the minimum five-year bans given to Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were too lenient.

The trio were banned for their involvement in a plan to bowl no-balls at predetermined times in a test against England last year so as to fix spot betting markets.

In other survey findings included:

The bulk of players (72 percent) supported the reduction of the World Cup to 10 teams, but 91 percent thought it should include qualifying for the Associate nations rather than be restricted to the ICC's 10 full member nations.

More than 80 percent said the Decision Review System resulted in better decision making from umpires at the World Cup, with 97 percent agreeing that the DRS should be mandatory in all test matches.

FICA comprises player associations from all full test member countries except India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.


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