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Paul Marsh, the executive chairman of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (Fica), has condemned changes to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and described reforms as a sad day for cricket.

"This is a very sad day for our game," he said in a statement. "This should be an indicator to the future for all of us, where self-interest and short-term deal making will override the long-term health of the game and views of its key stakeholders.

"While unfortunately the final outcome had an air of inevitability about it once the process became clear, it again highlights how poorly our game is governed.

"Of extreme concern to all involved in Fica is the fact that so many key stakeholders in the game condemned the proposed changes... yet the ICC Board still approved these changes."

The ICC board passed key reforms on Saturday, meaning that the 'Big Three' nations - Australia, India and England - will be given more control of cricket's governing body and earn a greater share of ICC revenue.

The changes will see the formation of a new executive committee of five members, with the ECB, Cricket Australia and Board of Control for Cricket in India all guaranteed a place.

Associate members, including Ireland and Scotland, also now have the chance to play Test cricket.

The World Test Championship idea was scrapped and the Champions Trophy will return in 2017.

Fica had urged other Test playing nations to block the proposals but only two of the 10 full members - Pakistan and Sri Lanka - abstained from voting in Singapore.

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