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BCCI chief Anurag Thakur to back 'Big Three' formula at ICC meet

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur is likely to back the continuation of `Big three`, featuring the cricket boards of India, England and Australia, in the annual International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting to be held in the last week of June in London.

Earlier in 2013, the ICC gave additional power to Australia, England and India which invited a flurry of criticism from the independent cricket stakeholders.

Thakur's plan is in direct contrast to his predecessor and current ICC president Shashank Manohar, who is looking forward to the abolishment of `Big Three` for the cricket's benefit.

According to the Dawn, Thakur had earlier held a discussion with England and Australia over his stance of pressing ahead with the `Big Three` formula. The 41-year-old is expected to project a favourable BCCI stance for keeping the formula intact.

Reflecting on the same, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan revealed that the decision to do away with the formula had already been taken, but how it would be dismantled would be decided in the next meeting.

Shaharyar informed that Pakistan want termination of the 'Big Three' formula in order to bring democratic system at the ICC .

The formula was advocated by former BCCI president N Srinivasan, who was later suspended for being involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match-fixing scandal.

First published: 12 June 2016, 3:38 IST