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Giles Clarke asked to account for his actions as ECB representative

286   //    21 Aug 2015, 17:15 IST
Protesters outside the Kennington Oval stadium in London 

Giles Clark, the former chairman and current president of the ECB is in the eye of a raging storm due to his portrayal in Death of a Gentleman a 99 minute documentary which has alleged poor governance of the game at a global level and has endangered the future of the sport, reports ESPNcricinfo. The pressure is mounting over his role in the restructuring of the International Cricket Council, which saw England, India and Australia gain power and vast amounts of income.

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, has invited Clarke to account for his actions as the ECB's representative at the ICC.

"Cricket has been taken over by England, Australia, and India at the expense of the other 102 countries that play the game," said Collins, who has previously been highly critical of the poor governance standards and corruption in FIFA. "These three titans of the game have engineered a backroom power grab where cricket is the loser and England, Australia and India are the perennial winners. Not only are they doing the wrong thing by their sport, but it is a conflict of interest. It is clear they do not have an interest in developing and growing the game globally, but only in their own backyards."

A protest was organized by makers of the documentary and was carried outside the Kia Oval stadium before the start of the final Test and a campaign called Change Cricket has been designed, calling for transparency in the governance of the game. Damian Collins also took part in the protest.

"It is vital to have transparency in sporting organizations, we saw with FIFA what can happen if that is not the case. While nobody is alleging that cricket is that bad, it is important, we spell out the dangers now as we have seen before that consolidation of power can do,” Collins added. “A small group can shift the balance of power to the detriment of people. I would like to see Giles Clarke respond to the challenges that have been made to him. What he has been party to has been bad for cricket and raises questions about his judgment."

The North Somerset Times ran an mock obituary like the Ashes obituary, about the death of cricket, which was paid for by SKINS an Australian sportswear company and asked cricket enthusiasts to join the Change cricket campaign and sign the petition which has been making the rounds all over the internet.

Sam Collins, the maker of Death of a Gentleman has also called for Clarke to retire.

"On his watch, participation and viewership figures went down and he has stood in the way of global growth. It is time for him to go," he said.

This shows how corrupt cricket is in the higher rungs and a cleanup of the Gentleman’s game is what is needed to protect the integrity of the game. 

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