Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has launched a pointed critique against the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), alleging that they have succumbed to the influence of the Indian cricket board.

In a conversation with the media, Ranatunga criticized the ICC for what he perceives as a willingness to modify rules for the World Cup 2023 match between India and Pakistan.

Indirectly, he alluded to Jay Shah, the secretary of the Indian Cricket Board, suggesting that the ICC appears to lack assertiveness and professionalism when dealing with powerful cricket boards. Ranatunga also noted that even cricket boards like Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had seemingly yielded to rule changes for the benefit of a single team, hinting at the significant sway held by the BCCI.

He remarked, “It’s because the BCCI or a particular individual holds considerable power. Figures like Sharad Pawar and Dalmiya were dedicated to cricket, possessing deep knowledge. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ICC now considers altering the rules before the India-Pakistan World Cup game. They might proceed with it. The ICC might maintain a passive stance and simply agree, saying ‘OK, OK, go ahead’.”

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