The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will look to lock horns with the top brass of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the world body's upcoming five-day meeting in Cape Town starting Monday, with the issue of saving the 'Big Three' formula among the top agendas for the Indian board.
According to a report on The Times of India, the BCCI is looking to garner support from the cricket boards of Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in its opposition of the 'two-tier' Test system and the preservation of the 'Big Three' in order to maximise its share from the ICC revenues, after ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar is said to have mooted a plan to scrap it.
"If seven votes are needed to make a resolution, you also need seven votes to defeat a motion. The Indian board wants to seek support of teams like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the West Indies.
"If these nations support BCCI on continuing with the Big Three formula, it will be good for India. The discussion is also a part of the agenda," a source was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
The 'Big Three' plan was first brought up by former ICC Chairman and BCCI President N Srinivasan, which was passed by the global governing body in 2015, and gave a lion's share of the ICC revenues to the cricket boards of India, Australia and England. However, recently-elected ICC Chairman Manohar has been reported to have considered getting rid of the plan altogether, which has set the alarm bells ringing in the BCCI.
Among the other issues to be discussed in the meeting will be Pakistan's complaint against India over the latter's refusal to entertain a league fixture in the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy. BCCI chief Anurag Thakur had recently stated that there was "no question" of maintaining any cricketing relations with their neighbours.
According to a report on Mumbai Mirror, Thakur is also expected to bring up the issue of ICC CEO Dave Richardson's recent comments on the BCCI seeking ICC's help in saving them from the Lodha committee's reforms, which Thakur claimed was under Manohar's influence.