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The International Cricket Council (ICC) will take over all regional cricketing activities across the world, limiting the involvement of regional bodies like the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
However, by the end of 2015, these regional bodies may cease to exist.
“I think they don’t want to abolish the ACC wholly, but minimize the activities,” ACC CEO Syed Ashraful Huq told the BBC Bangla Service. “It is not just the ACC but all the regional bodies – Africa, Europe, North and South America and Asia-Pacific – which will be directly controlled by the ICC.
“Twenty-one countries, apart from Test-playing countries, from Saudi Arabia to China – we have been working in their development work – coaches, umpiring and other areas of cricket. We have U16, U19, Challenge Cup, Premier Cup, but whether all these will stay or not, I am not really sure.
“[The change] is still in a discussion phase. We have been told unofficially that our activities will continue till the end of 2015. The commercial contract of the ICC will end at that time, so what will happen after that no one really knows. The ACC will remain as an organisation on paper. The headquarters might not stay.”
Huq added that this move by the ICC could decrease the popularity of cricket in non-Test playing nations.
“The ICC is going to directly be in charge of the development work in the non-Test playing nations, something that we have been doing,” Huq said. “I don’t know what good it will bring by taking out the regional body. In the last World T20, four of the six non-Test playing nations were from Asia. It is the direct result of what we have been doing over the years.
“The ICC is being controlled by three countries – India, Australia and England. What they are saying is that there is no need for so many nations playing cricket. There are ten Test-playing nations and eight or 10 other nations that play cricket, but they feel that spending so much on the others is not bringing the desired results.
“But the fact is that they don’t want to run cricket in many countries. I think we should focus on globalisation. Our main competitor is football but if we can’t make all countries play cricket, how can we call it a global sport?”