ICC Denies Player Rep Vote Fixing Allegations

May 9, 2013

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has clarified a vote, which led to L Sivaramakrishnan replacing Tim May on the ICC Cricket Committee, resulting in the international players’ association asking for an investigation amid suspicions of vote fixing.

Cricket’s governing body says it has seen no evidence that test captains were put under pressure to vote for former India international Sivaramakrishnan as a player representative on the ICC’s Cricket Committee.

The ICC says a re-vote was taken in the election after “clarification of the process,” but it has no evidence of any pressure to back Sivaramakrishnan because of the influence of the powerful Indian cricket board.

ICC said in a statement: “In January this year, because of confusion in the voting process for such representatives (for example in respect of what should happen in the case of a tied vote and, where teams had different captains for different formats of the game, which captain should be entitled to vote), the ICC Board considered the matter carefully, and following clarification of the process to be followed, decided that another vote should be taken.

“Subsequent to the re-vote, the ICC is concerned to note a number of factual inaccuracies appearing in the media in respect of the results of the voting and the underlying basis for the board decision that a re-vote was necessary, as well as unsupported allegations of impropriety in the voting process.”