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Money-driven control of global cricket will invite further risk of corruption; TIB condemns proposed discriminatory two-tiers system of test cricket

TIB condemns proposed discriminatory two-tiers system of test cricket;
Money-driven control of global cricket will invite further risk of corruption
Dhaka, 28 January 2014. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) strongly condemns the proposed two-tiers system of test matches and money driven control of cricket; and calls upon ICC and all national cricket authorities including Bangladesh to do everything possible to prevent such self-defeating reforms.
Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB said, “the proposed two-tiers system is highly discriminatory, conspiratorial and unjustified. It will eliminate relatively newer test playing nations like Bangladesh from the global cricketing arena, which is absolutely unacceptable”.
Nothing but a fear of being defeated by teams like Bangladesh who have already demonstrated the capacity to win against the so-called elite teams can explain such a cowardly and ill-motivated move,” he said.
We also call for rejecting the proposal to delink ICC from the future tour programmes (FTP) which will convert FTP into exclusive domain of bilateral arrangements”, the TIB statement said.
We are deeply concerned that the proposed changes will create concentration of power in the so-called big three (Australia, India and UK). There will be no effective representation of other cricketing nations in governance of global cricket. The creation of reserved places for the three in the proposed four-member executive committee of ICC will create the scope of abuse of power with a full range of unaccountable authority which cannot serve the interest of the game. All these are contradictory to good governance in global cricket, to which ICC is committed to”, said Iftekharuzzaman.
The statement further said that the proposed reforms will transform the ‘gentleman’s game’ of cricket into a business enterprise for quick profit at the expense of sportsmanship, morality and level playing field. The priority given to money power will expose cricket to further risks of corruption both on and off the field, which is unacceptable and must be rejected without any hesitation.
A joint statement issued on 27 January by 9 cricket loving national chapters of Transparency International (TI) in Australia, Bangladesh, India, Jamaica, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago and United Kingdom is attached. The statement has been directly sent to ICC and BCB.
টেস্ট ক্রিকেটের জন্য প্রস্তাবিত দুই স্তরের বৈষম্যমূলক ব্যবস্থার তীব্র নিন্দা জানিয়েছে টিআইবি;
বিশ্ব ক্রিকেটে ব্যবসা-ভিত্তিক নিয়ন্ত্রণ দুর্নীতির ঝুঁকি বাড়াবে
ঢাকা, ২৮ জানুয়ারি ২০১৪: প্রস্তাবিত দুই স্তরবিশিষ্ট টেস্ট ক্রিকেট ও ব্যবসা-ভিত্তিক নিয়ন্ত্রণ ব্যবস্থার তীব্র নিন্দা জানিয়েছে ট্রান্সপারেন্সি ইন্টারন্যাশনাল বাংলাদেশ (টিআইবি)। একইসাথে আন্তর্জাতিক ক্রিকেট কাউন্সিল (আইসিসি) ও বাংলাদেশসহ সকল জাতীয় ক্রিকেট সংস্থাকে এধরনের অন্যায় পদ্ধতি গ্রহণ প্রতিরোধে সর্বোচ্চ প্রচেষ্টা গ্রহণের দাবি জানিয়েছে।
টিআইবি’র নির্বাহী পরিচালক ড. ইফতেখারুজ্জামান এক বিবৃতিতে বলেন, “প্রস্তাবিত দ