At present, the laws are the only aspect of the game not under ICC control, though it regulates them and pushes through changes in tandem with the MCC.
Ehsan Mani, the ICC president, was keen to stress that the balance would remain even as cricket flirted for the first time with the idea of substitutes.
"The ICC and the MCC work very closely together in reviewing the laws if this is required," he said
"This arrangement works very well. Cricket is a game of rich traditions and the ICC respects the role of the MCC as the guardian of the Laws of Cricket."
Mani's clarifications come in the wake of ICC recently moviing its head office from the home of cricket - Lord's to Dubai as well as changes in ODI rules.