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Woolf slams ‘money-motivated’ power grab at ICC

LONDON, February 7, 2014 (AFP) – Plans to give India, England and Australia greater power in running the International Cricket Council have been blasted as “entirely motivated by money” by the judge asked to review its governance. Last month the ICC said it had reached “unanimous agreement” on the outline of a plan to give the sport’s most financially powerful nations — India, England and Australia — a greater say in running the world game.

But Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa have continued to object ahead of a hastily convened ICC board meeting in Singapore on Saturday where a vote to implement the proposals may take place.

Lord Harry Woolf, in an interview with Friday’s UK Daily Telegraph, said: “This a really alarming position for the future of cricket”.

“I don’t see how if we had this to consider we could see it as anything but a retrograde step,” explained Woolf, who submitted his report last year after being commissioned in 2011.

“It is giving extraordinary powers to a small triumvirate of three people, and everybody else has got no power to say anything or do anything,” the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales said.

“It seems to be entirely motivated by money.”

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