Mani mentioned there was some sort of “politics introduced” by BCCI, Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) within the ICC.
The ICC chairman’s submit has been mendacity vacant since July after the departure of Indian Shashank Manohar. The ICC Board is but to take a call on whether or not the method to decide on the brand new chairman ought to be based mostly on a two-thirds majority vote or a easy majority.
Imran Khwaja is presently serving because the interim chairman. “It’s unfortunate it has taken so long. The politics introduced by Australia, England and India in 2014 to protect their positions – now they are struggling to unwind it because it doesn’t suit them anymore,” Mani was quoted as saying by the Forbes journal.
“It would be healthier to have someone (the chairperson) not from the ‘big three’.”
Mani, who served because the ICC chairman from 2003-06, nevertheless, quashed hypothesis that he’s within the high job. “I was never interested. A few of the directors asked me but I told them that I’m there to only serve Pakistan. I’ve done it all before.”
Colin Graves, whose time period as ECB chairman ended on August 31, has been touted as a candidate, as has BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. The names of New Zealand Cricket chairman Greg Barclay and former Cricket West Indies head Dave Cameron are additionally doing rounds.
“There is a huge problem of conflict of interest on the board,” Mani mentioned. “I’ve never seen that before, not in 17 years. This sort of conflict of interest is not transparent. The ICC is crying out for more independent directors.”
Mani backed Graves’ latest assertion that ICC’s monetary mannequin through which the BCCI and ECB (USD 139 million) get greater than the opposite boards must be reworked.
“It’s not solely the funding mannequin that’s incorrect and skewered to India and in addition to some extent England. They allotted ICC occasions to themselves, gave themselves beneficiant internet hosting charges and the advantages from gate cash and hospitality.
“In 2019 (World Cup, hosts) England would have made what Pakistan, West Indies or South Africa do over an eight-year interval. That’s what’s incorrect with the system. There are some international locations who will not have the ability to survive if this funding mannequin continues.”
Mani mentioned Pakistan survived with out taking part in India. “Can you think about if that occurred to Cricket Australia if India did not come?” he requested.
The PCB chief hoped Pakistan may host a World Cup in ICC’s subsequent FTP cycle for 2023-31. “We need to host a World Cup throughout this cycle,” Mani said. “There are three-four occasions we now have expressed curiosity, together with some to host collectively with the UAE.”
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