Fans Protest in Bangladesh and Pakistan Against ICC Revamp

Freddie Wilde@@fwildecricketContributor IJanuary 28, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: India's N Srinivasan chats to Giles Clarke during the ICC Board Meeting at The Royal Garden Hotel on October 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Rarely does news of cricket governance and administration cause a stir beyond the walls of the air-conditioned boardrooms in which the CEOs sit. However, the controversial restructuring of the International Cricket Council, orchestrated by Cricket Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, and the England and Wales Cricket Board, has struck a nerve amongst many fans.

In Bangladesh and Pakistan there have been a number of public protests, one of which, according to ESPNcricinfo, attracted 3,000 people. A public poll on the same website has now attracted over 112,000 votes, of which more than 75 percent are in opposition to the restructuring which could change cricket forever

Pakistani journalist Faizan Lakhani tweeted pictures of protests in Lahore...

And in Bangladesh...

Some fans tweeted pictures of their own...

Today (Tuesday), following the first day of a two-day meeting, an ICC media release described the details of the negotiations that seem to suggest the bulk of the controversial position paper will get the approval of the ICC eventually.

An ICC press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. GMT tomorrow.