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ICC Strategic Group report fears formation of rebel governing body

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A breakaway rebel governing body, the proposed format and lack of interest from broadcasters are among "18 threats" that international faces right now, according to a report of the ICC's Strategic Working Group (SWG) which will discuss these issues with the here tomorrow.

The report, which is in possession of PTI, claims to be a SWOT analysis of the issues confronting world

The SWG comprises Australia's David Peever, Rahul Johri, Singapore's Imran Khwaja, Cricket South Africa's Patricia Karambami, West Indies Cricket Board's and women's

The Group will update office-bearers -- CK Khanna, and -- on global strategy for cricket.

"Yes, there has been threat to ICC. A very well-known former cricket (currently banned) along with an Indian TV channel and an Australian had approached a lot of players and officials in order to form a parallel global body. They had named it 'Operation Watershed' then," a senior BCCI told on condition of anonymity.

"They wanted to form parallel associations in each country and were offering a lot of money to the players. The project didn't take off but there's no reason that it won't take off once again," the said.

The ICC analysis does not take names. However, it is interesting to note that in 2016, there were reports of sacked IPL approaching officials from England and to form a parallel body, a speculation that dies down as qucikly as it took off.

Another matter of concern is the proposed format amid statements from stars such as former skipper that Test cricket will not be sustainable in the long run.

"The league is also a matter of concern. More so, it was organised by (last December) with a lot of current players like Eoin Morgan, Shoaib Malik, taking part," the said.

These threats could be directly linked to point No.8 in the report which states: "Uncontrolled private investment into by commercial operators whose interests are aligned with short term financial gains rather than long term health and growth of "

Also, football's growth in traditional cricket nations is also listed as a threat in the SWG analysis along with a "lack of competitive tension in broadcast market".

"In a way, it is true. Save Star and (networks), there aren't many who are ready to invest huge sums in cricket. So if it's a two-horse race, then you know that there aren't new broadcasters coming in," the official pointed out.

The report also speaks about "Collapse of traditional broadcast/sponsorship."

Add to this, the threat from unspecified "political uncertainties".

It is to be noted that and have not been not playing each other in bilateral series owing to the 2008 terror attacks and the volatile diplomatic ties.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 16:40 IST