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India's cricket board rejects proposal to trim revenue

Published Feb 05, 2017 03:36pm

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India has voted against a proposed shake-up of cricket's global governing body that threatens its influence as one of the game's "Big Three" powers along with Australia and England.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India rejected a proposal to radically alter the financial and governance structure of the International Cricket Council, a move that would curb its earnings and clout.

A majority of Test playing nations ─ including Australia and England ─ agreed to the proposed restructure at the ICC's headquarters in Dubai.

But India and neighbouring Sri Lanka rejected the idea, and unsuccessfully sought to postpone a decision until the next ICC gathering in April.

Vikram Limaye, India's representative in Dubai, said the board had insufficient time to "take an informed view" on the proposal.

The ICC announcement comes just days after India's Supreme Court appointed a new team to oversee the cricket board, after sacking its top officials for failing to implement reforms.

India's cricket body is the wealthiest in the world, attracting one-fifth of all ICC global revenue.

If adopted, the proposal would reverse a 2014 decision to cede control of the ICC to the "Big Three", a move which saw Australia, India and England attract the lion's share of the game's global revenue.

The ICC, under the guidance of India's Shashank Manohar, wants to revise the revenue sharing model to ensure equitable distribution and equal weight of votes for all 105 board members, regardless of their membership status.

"Today was an important step forward for the future of the ICC and cricket around the world," said Manohar Saturday, referring to progress on the proposed reforms.

Cricket's global governing body said Saturday it had reached "agreement in principle to constitutional and financial change", adding a detailed proposal will be put to the ICC board in April.

India's cricket board has been undergoing its own sweeping changes, with a panel headed by former government auditor Vinod Rai the latest development in its shakeup.

The board has been embroiled in a series of scandals, including accusations of corruption in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and a betting scandal involving an IPL team linked to its former head Narayanaswami Srinivasan.

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Prateik Feb 05, 2017 03:39pm

One who earns more, gets more.

VECTRA Feb 05, 2017 03:48pm

I don't think Bcci should need that much concern cuz the above article seems it about money share which I think still in individuals boards hand not just bcci cuz those board like say bcci can still stick to its money stand as the article points out and obviously so any nation who create bigger revenue it depends on it to how much to share with and no one can force it.That's voluntary and if needed state sovereign jurisdiction can be applied and this is applicable to all boards including PCB.so the above is no big deal relax.

Ash Feb 05, 2017 03:56pm

Great decision which is surely in the best interest of the game of cricket. BCCI will definitely act against this decision more ungentlemanly in this game of gentlemen!!

Ahmad Feb 05, 2017 03:59pm

@Ash BCCI has every right to reject proposal as they are one who are filling pockets of ICC. You'll see how ICC will come back to BCCI if they decide to boycott Champions trophy. People who think that if other countries won't play with India then how will they make money, they should know that IPL alone makes more money than ICC. Players will take early retirements to play in IPL.

Optimistic Pakistani Feb 05, 2017 04:05pm

Big three has really messed up this beautiful game. Hope this decision will revive the previous glory.

Harmony-1© Feb 05, 2017 04:01pm

Revenue sharing arrangements aside, the idea of vesting power to "Big Three" only was archaic, undemocratic and totally senseless in this day and age, especially when three Asian countries by joining together had done so well to break the monopoly of England and Australia in the past!

AM Feb 05, 2017 04:11pm

As we generate more money through more crowd, and more great players through world class facilities, we need more money and more power to sustain it. Equitable share of profit is fine, but ' big three' must enjoy more voting and veto power. Calculations are simple to understand. How many people would see India-Austravlia match and how many would enjoy Pakistan-Zimbabwe.

Nurul huda Feb 05, 2017 04:35pm

I am against the BIG-3 but money sharing is not an acceptable. The one who make more money should get more.

TBH Feb 05, 2017 04:45pm

@Ahmad well said. With more revenue generation happens from India , BCCI has every right to demand more money while ICC should retain and control administration independently and democratically

Bijay Feb 05, 2017 04:55pm

Obviously BCCI will win because to pass the agenda ICC need 3/4 support. As Zimbabwe refused to vote and Sri Lanka voted against it, BCCI will stop it, as they will gain more vote during this time. Manohar is doing great but in my prospective BCCI should not surrender to the argument of ICC. They are trying to slay, who lays golden egg from them. If BCCI will say,it will contribute 30% to ICC, then only big 3 with RSA and BD will be able to play cricket. BCCI should get what they were getting. Further reduction will create chaos, as it will destroy cricket. The plan of ECB and CA will be a flop one for sure. As an Indian, I think ICC is thinking progressively but don't make mockery of BCCI because it is a giant. If ICC is thinking about equality then how about doing WT20 in Afghanistan or Zimbabwe.

Rajdeep Tyagi Feb 05, 2017 05:18pm

BCCI should boycott Champions trophy and remain non committal on World Cup as well

Zain Hasan Feb 05, 2017 05:31pm

@AM How many people would see India-Australia match and how many would enjoy Pakistan-Zimbabwe?

Just as many people will enjoy Pak-Aus as Ind-Zim.

India is huge, fair enough...but Pakistan has as much population as Australia, England, South Africa, Srilanka, New Zealand combined.

Waseem Sarwar Feb 05, 2017 05:35pm

BCCI have a valid point here. If PCB was contributing that much to ICC revenue, I wouldn't want to see anyone else using our money.

Osman Feb 05, 2017 05:50pm

Leave the cricket alone, India.

Your nemesis Feb 05, 2017 06:05pm

The big 3 should be disbanded but the revenue sharing should be justified enough so that earnings are proportional to contribution.

y B bhat Feb 05, 2017 06:03pm

This article should elaborate BCCI current position, Revenue, income, profit etc. Because a common Pakistani will argue against BCCI. But in this case BCCI is absolutely correct and they will remain correct if they fortify CT. The real question is why there is no cut in the share of ECB and CA ? Are they trying to dominate the share again ? Will they lose 1.5 billion in every circle for the sake of development of other board ? Practically no board pays enough, if they pay they gain it. I know this is the plan of Richardson and Monohar to exploit a unstable BCCI. No board will come under the East India type of planning. God forbid, If India don't send there player to CT, then ICC will be bankrupt. In my view BCCI should not give any extra penny to ICC, rather they should develop there ground, facility and other sports in India.

KASHMIRI of INDIA Feb 05, 2017 06:15pm

80% of ICC revenue comes from India. The brand value of IPL was estimated to be US$4.5 billion in 2015.If India pulls out cricket will lose close to 60 percent fan base itself.

y B bhat Feb 05, 2017 06:09pm

ICC should not be focused in the money matter, rather focused in improving cricket. As we are watching BCCI is only spreading cricket to USA, Italy, Germany, Nepal. If you disagree then watch BCCI support in master league, Master vs Blaster matches. BCCI was a corrupted body and will be because they are involve in heavy revenue but still they are doing enough to support world cricket.

Nurul huda Feb 05, 2017 06:34pm

I will never watch Cricket again if BCCI share more than what it should be rather than helping other sports/games in the country.

shak Feb 05, 2017 06:44pm

no one gives up power and money.. dont expect BCCI to revert to the old model

Waaris Feb 05, 2017 06:49pm

BCCI must understand that in democracy votes are counted and not weighed. India cannot influence and manipulate the gentle game of cricket and its fans by using money earned in black market by widespread "Satta".

Vivaan SINGH Feb 05, 2017 06:58pm

Dont worry .. India have 80% control on icc and icc will listen bcci for sure..!!

VIV Feb 05, 2017 07:14pm

BCCI should give only 25% of total revenue of ICC to ICC. Extra should be used to develop other sports in India.

VIV Feb 05, 2017 07:10pm

The plan of ICC is excellent but they should encourage other board to promote cricket just like India. They should not expect BCCI to lay golden egg for them every time.

abdul Feb 05, 2017 07:21pm

Is India is really going to pursue (force) other board to vote for them. Is India is really playing a mind game by involving Sri Lanka (directly), and Zimbabwe (indirectly) to buy time ? please refer ESPNCrincinfo and tell me.

abdul Feb 05, 2017 07:36pm

How much BCCI want ? They get at least 3.5 billion $ from IPL in a year. That makes India will earn at least 28 billion dollar in the approved 8 year cycle ? Let assume profit by subtracting home use allowance as 15 billion $. Can't they give 2-3 billion $ to ICC as other country's player play for them (like world bank does for other countries) ? BCCI should involve at least a associate player for IPL for each franchise .

Pakistastic Feb 05, 2017 07:39pm

@Zain Hasan Well said. Harder the question harder the answer.

SAM Feb 05, 2017 07:58pm

@Optimistic Pakistani How do you come to that conclusion brother?

arif Feb 05, 2017 08:36pm

@Ash And the Ungentlemen are PCB

J20 Feb 05, 2017 09:09pm

@shak true

Riaz Feb 05, 2017 09:12pm

@Prateik Earn more but not at the cost of other members countries

Waaris Feb 05, 2017 09:15pm

BCCI'd stance is simply not cricket!! It is simply to look after its own pocket

Galactic mist Feb 05, 2017 09:13pm

sorry mate no more hahahahah very good news

Galactic mist Feb 05, 2017 09:17pm

@Ahmad if India wants to boycott champion trophy then India more than welcome to play with Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and will tell you something will not be miss

bharat Feb 05, 2017 09:21pm

Clout is not important.If we get to have lesser say in ICC,then we should pay only as much as needed for this less share.Spent more money on all other sports in India.Our sportsmen need BCCI. P

Galactic mist Feb 05, 2017 09:19pm

@Nurul huda In European union countries who chip in more are like Germany , Britain , france but they don't get more , you are making more money by choice and are not called for any extra you making keep it and spend on your board and player but when it comes to international ICC matches India going to face the heat for not playing and past promises , Due to big 3 cricket popularity have gone down and it make no sense

kamikaze Feb 05, 2017 09:41pm

@Prateik Its a not a capitalist production factory. Its a sport watched by millions of cricket lovers. And they're losing interest in the sport just because of this "one who earns more, gets more" mentality. I think if this continues, there will come a time when only 2-3 nations will be playing amongst themselves. Sad story...

RAEES Feb 05, 2017 09:40pm

India will not give anything to any nation who don't earn and don't deserve the share....1/2 is India share in revenue...

vorshal Feb 05, 2017 09:44pm

BCCI should ask for its full share contributed by it to the ICC, and then agree to play as proposed by the ICC.

If the ICC does not agree, India should double its play of IPL. Let us see how long the ICC will flourish!

Iztraab Feb 05, 2017 09:47pm

Perhaps cricket is only game which is going backwards and eventually will be reduced to only 3- 4 countries.

AM Feb 05, 2017 09:48pm

@ Zain Hasan, wrong again brother. In all cases, India match will be seen by much more viewer. We are big in terms of population, money and purchasing power. Pakistan is no match. Please correct your statistics dear.

Kumar Feb 05, 2017 09:58pm

@Zain Hasan But not the ability to bring in the money.

Shiva Feb 05, 2017 09:58pm

@Harmony-1© look who is talking about democracy. A country which was under dictatorship for most part of its history.

J20 Feb 05, 2017 10:40pm

@Iztraab When Pakistan is going down .... Bangladesh is coming up... so don't worry about world cricket.. just worry about ur presence in cricket world

kerala Feb 05, 2017 11:24pm

In this new proposal, Australia loses nothing. India losing very heavily and England loses mere portion compared to India. All others are gainers with Indian loss. Already there's white domination even with big 3. Just look at ICC test team 2016 year.

Karan-Mumbai Feb 05, 2017 11:28pm

This seems to be Shashank Manohar vs BCCI. So eventually it's India vs India ...lol

Khalistan Feb 06, 2017 12:19am

That's Indias problem. May the decision be final and this ridiculous corrupt existing system be squashed. Good work PCB for your lobbying efforts.

Khalistan Feb 06, 2017 12:18am

@KASHMIRI of INDIA not sure where you got those figures

sam Feb 06, 2017 12:45am

India should pull out of icc membership and stop playing any type of cricket with other nations. India should start playing only the ipl which itself would generate millions of dollars like superbowl in usa. Lets see if icc would survive. Icc need india cricket and bcci. But india cricket or bcci does not need icc for its survival..

Baba ladla Feb 06, 2017 12:53am

@Osman if India leaves international cricket, there will be no cricket left!

Baba ladla Feb 06, 2017 12:59am

@abdul IPL is a national tournament and of course the lions share will go to bcci. That's but obvious.

Kris WA Feb 06, 2017 01:19am

As of now, India generates 80% revenue and gets only 21% share. If the revenue is equally distributed, india will get only 8% share. Why would india generates 80% share and only accept 8% share ? who will accept in this logic in world today ? someone please clarify.

tomywahala Feb 06, 2017 01:54am

@Waaris of course

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Feb 06, 2017 02:01am

If India rejects this. Then isolate them. Cricket is not India's property.

Armaan Feb 06, 2017 02:11am

All these new developments are taking focus away from the problems which Pak team has. Now people r busy in such news and soon everyone will forget how Pak performed in Aus.

ali Feb 06, 2017 02:24am

After reading the comments here, one thing becomes very clear: Indians seem to worship money, they can't think about anything else.

Saalim Feb 06, 2017 02:28am

@Ahmad how is it that India is filling pockets of ICC, please elaborate

Hadi Feb 06, 2017 02:31am

Money at the expense of cricket will be bad for everyone - BCCI must understand.

Akil Akhtar Feb 06, 2017 03:42am

Indian has become the rouge of the cricket world....

Batool Feb 06, 2017 04:03am

Cricket is stupid sport, worst maybe

SaraH Feb 06, 2017 04:21am

@Prateik No West Indies and some other boards were struggling with there finances.So it was needed for survival of cricket.

SaraH Feb 06, 2017 04:24am

@AM Don't worry Pakistan has matching population to India based on its size.

Sid Feb 06, 2017 04:35am

If the Big three decides to form their own leagues, ICC will loose all control.

Szh Feb 06, 2017 06:05am

@Ahmad let's clear this misconception first. BCCI doesn't contribute to ICC's revenue, it's the Indian sponsors who contribute to ICC's revenue (in the form of advertisements and TV rights). There's a big difference between the two things. Just because the sponsors are mainly Indian doesn't mean that it becomes BCCI's money. BCCI's money is what is earns from hosting teams on its soil and the IPL money. ICC earns it's money through ICC events in which ALL countries participate. If Indian (or any other country's sponsor) is the biggest sponsor for ICC events, they do get in return what they ask for (whatever coverage/advertisements they are supposed to get as the sponsor).

NP Feb 06, 2017 06:23am

@Riaz "Earn more but not at the cost of other members countries" All that BCCI is saying is that Indian cricket revenue should be proportional to the revenue ICC earns in India. When 80% of revenue comes from Indian spectators and TV channels, why should it go to other countries who are not generating similar revenue? If you are an MBA earning 10 lakh and your cousin is a labourers earning 1 lakh, will your wife and kids be okay that your income be shared equally with your cousin?

Jigar Feb 06, 2017 06:27am

@Nurul huda Wow you not watching cricket will be a big loss to a great game and the world.

Mohammad S. Khalid Feb 06, 2017 07:39am

@Nurul huda

the one who earns more money; must be more generous.

Citizen Feb 06, 2017 08:04am

@Mohammad S. Khalid, we expect BCCI to be more generous in helping and promoting other sports in India, not any other cricket boards

Citizen Feb 06, 2017 08:04am

@Zain Hasan, my friend it isn't about population only, revenues are important too

Practical Feb 06, 2017 08:47am

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan And you will fund ICC ?!

Muhammad Qurban Feb 06, 2017 08:54am

The aim should be to promote the game of cricket by helping cricket playing countries to develop facilities for the game and not to nurture greed of the rich.

deven Feb 06, 2017 09:15am

@Optimistic Pakistani simple. Contribute equally to get equal share of profits. There is nothing gentlemanly in seeking alms, always.

anony Feb 06, 2017 09:42am

BCCI = Greedy as always.

D.K. PAMNANI Feb 06, 2017 10:13am

Best decision by BCCI. We earn, we have right to keep the big share with us for development of the game in our own country. What is wrong in this?

diwakar Feb 06, 2017 11:58am

@abdul .You should do some research before commenting.

diwakar Feb 06, 2017 12:08pm

@Galactic mist .Some people learn easily. You seem to be among those understand things the hard way.

Prakash Feb 06, 2017 02:00pm

@SaraH - but we all know how Pakistan PLAYED West Indies to gain entry to the Champions Trophy.

Harmony-1© Feb 06, 2017 03:30pm

@Shiva - What's that got to do with what is correct and what not?

By the same token, you claim to be 'democratic' then why go against it then - duh!

Joe Root Feb 06, 2017 11:43pm

@Ahmad - Oh you really think so?

BCCI having so much money is a key reason for it becoming so corrupt. What is wrong with redistributing money and promoting Cricket around the world?

If BCCI don't agree to revert / revise proposal the India should be boycotted. In which case IPL will only end up with has been and old players. I don't think players in their prime will want to be banned from Int cricket to join IP,.

MUSA Feb 07, 2017 11:45am

@Nurul huda - a day ago

I will never watch Cricket again if BCCI share more than what it should be rather than >helping other sports/games in the country.

Really. There is a saying in my language which I will translate into English. It reads as "Back in the day somebody got mad at the lake and stopped drinking water" who is at loss?

MUSA Feb 07, 2017 11:48am

@Galactic mist - a day ago if India wants to boycott champion trophy then India more than welcome to play with Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and will tell you something will not be miss"

Sure, Tell me How ICC is going to pay your team for playing in CT?

MUSA Feb 07, 2017 11:57am

@Harmony-1© BCCI is not going to go against the democracy. All it is going to do is drop out of the union!!!

MUSA Feb 07, 2017 12:03pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan - please recommend that to ICC

MUSA Feb 07, 2017 12:17pm

@Szh You got it wrong. BCCI signed the TV rights and BCCI signs the ad contracts. Hence it is BCCI money.

MUSA Feb 07, 2017 03:03pm

@Joe Root . remember few days ago bunch of players quit SA to join English counties? English counties pay way less than IPL. Think about it