PCA Chairman Vikram Solanki Speaks Out - 13/09/2009
"It is obvious that the demands of trying to govern the whole gamut of our sport from the England Team down to the smallest grass roots operation is too much for the current structure and personnel. The PCA propose the formation of a powerful and genuinely representative Professional Game Board to act as the consultation body for all decisions affecting the professional game so that confidence in the governance of our sport can be restored amongst all stakeholders. In the interim, the PCA would encourage the ECB to consult more widely and in good time and with an open mind about the vital issues facing our game and to swing the balance back towards cricket, rather than taking a purely commercial approach to every decision.
The last 18 months have seen enormous change in the cricket landscape both internationally and domestically and our governing body, the ECB, have had to make major decisions that will affect the future structure and pathways of our professional game. The PCA are conscious that these decisions must take into account the need for a balance between the interests of cricket as a sport and the interests of cricket as a business and all must operate within a global sports political environment.
Without losing sight of the difficulty of finding the correct balance, the PCA are concerned that recent decisions and processes have not been in the best long term interest of English cricket, but have been made for short term economic gain and to cover deficiencies in the ECB's ability to operate effectively at the top table at the ICC.
Of particular concern have been: -
In addition ECB have: -
As a direct result of the above and the lack of appropriate communication and consultation from ECB, current professional cricketers have very low confidence in the ECB's ability to run our game in the best long term interests of English cricket. In a recent poll the following statistics were recorded -