Bangladesh news April 12, 2017

'If India becomes weak, we become weak' - BCB chief

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Nazmul Hassan: 'Everybody is trying to find a middle path to solve [the revenue structure problem] in a more amicable manner' © BCB

BCB chief Nazmul Hassan has said that the issues India have with the ICC's proposed revenue model need to be sorted as a "weaker BCCI means weaker Bangladesh".

The BCB chief, who is also a part of ICC working group, met the BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai in Delhi today, to discuss issues related to the ICC board meeting later this month.

"Everybody is trying to find a middle path to solve [the revenue structure problem] in a more amicable manner," Hassan said after his meeting with the CoA, according to PTI. "We don't want any member country to get hurt. Especially India as they have always supported us. If India becomes weak, we also become weak."

However, Hassan is an advocate of equitable distribution of ICC revenue. "I was a party to the decision when N Srinivasan was there [as ICC head] and the Big Three concept was mooted. Look, I believe we need a more equitable distribution but that certainly doesn't mean you take away India's share. No, no that's not what we want."

Hassan said there was still a need, though, to help member countries which are going through financial crises.

Asked about the proposed changes to the ICC's governance structure, Hassan said different member countries had different issues with it. "Not all of us had agreed on the governance structure. There are a lot of issues that others don't agree and there are some with which we don't agree. That's why it was placed at the ICC board meeting for everybody's observation."

Hassan said both the BCCI and the BCB have submitted their observations on the governance issue with the ICC. He said the BCB discussed its reservations with the CoA. "The COA put forth their point on what their concerns on revenue model and governance structure are, while we also told them why we are supporting a few issues and not all. We will meet again and want more countries to join us," he said.

Hassan also met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Nagpur before his meeting with the CoA in Delhi. Hassan is part of the five-man ICC steering group lead by Manohar, which prepared the new draft constitution, which will be discussed at the second quarterly meeting of the ICC board later this month in Dubai.

Hassan said the steering group will be meeting before the ICC meetings to discuss the responses filed by various Full Member boards on the draft constitution. According to Hassan, he met Manohar to discuss a possible date for the steering group's meeting. "We are trying to find a suitable date because there are lot of recommendations from various boards. [If] we have to incorporate changes, we need to change the governance structure and finalise it before the next [ICC] board meeting."

Rai told PTI that many ICC-member directors had met with the CoA recently. David Peever (Cricket Australia, chairman), Haroon Lorgat (Cricket South Africa, CEO), Tavengwa Mukuhlani (Zimbabwe Cricket, chairman), Thilanga Sumathipala (Sri Lanka Cricket, president), Dave Cameron (WICB, president) and Associate representative Imran Khawaja were in India to meet the CoA in the last few weeks, Rai said.

Asked if he was hopeful that other Full Member boards would agree with the viewpoint expressed by the the CoA last month on its reservations regarding the ICC's draft constituion, Rai said he was optimistic. "I am very confident as we have proposed a formula that will be acceptable to everyone. It is a win-win situation where the Indian cricket board will not lose out on anything and every other board will benefit from the model. In the last two weeks, discussions with every board head who has come to India has been fruitful."

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  • A.Rahman on April 16, 2017, 14:48 GMT

    DAMU13579: lol ! Good one mate !

  • Damu13579 on April 16, 2017, 12:15 GMT

    ICC on a trial basis, should keep India out of all international cricket for 2 years.During this period they can try their best to keep their players out of IPL. If they succeed in doing so, good for them.But still life won't be the same as it once used to be.Gradually,ICC officials can get themselves used to conducting their meetings by tele-conference.In case meeting in person is required, they can organize such meetings in 3 star hotels.Dress code can be smart casuals with back-packs to carry their lap-tops and documents if any.Meanwhile India should be able to gather enough foreign players required for conducting IPL 1,2,3 & a Grand IPL. If foreign players are lesser in number,every one of them will get a chance to play.For example Shakib and Fizz both can find themselves in the playing eleven, making bangla fans happy.Second year the number of foreign players should get back to the present level i.e.IPL 2017. By the end of 2nd year ICC and India haters will get enlightened.

  • Damu13579 on April 16, 2017, 8:37 GMT

    SamRoy on April 13, 2017, 20:42 GMT: Well said. Those who are saying that Indian cricket /BCCI won't survive on its own are lining in fool's paradise. They have never heard of World Series Cricket of Kerry Packer and Rebel Tours to South Africa during late seventies and early eighties. The money in cricket was just peanuts compared to the situation now. If BCCI organize IPL 1 ,2, 3, 4 and a Grand IPL in such a way that such leagues clash with the cricketing seasons of major cricketing nations, there will be no one left to represent their respective national teams. See what is happening with West Indies now.

  •   Ashiqur Rahman on April 14, 2017, 18:42 GMT

    So much love all of a sudden....much wow really ☺

  • Cricinfouser on April 14, 2017, 18:26 GMT

    BCCI will always support BCB and BCB will always support BCCI simple as that. Because the Indians and Bangladeshis are the same kind of people. They share the same common values, culture, food and etc. BCCI is a great supporter of BCB in the administration level.

  • A.Rahman on April 14, 2017, 17:34 GMT

    AMIT_: When I read "If BCB were run professionally, it could be a challenger too BCCI", then I look into the merit of the person who made the comment. You are telling me Bangladesh has a bigger cricket market with their 160 million people than India with 1.2 billion. Mate I am a Bangladeshi and love to see that happen on any day. But in reality, we have to accept it is not possible and would never happen in this day and age. So please refrain from not make a fool of yourself in this platform. lol

  • A.Rahman on April 14, 2017, 16:55 GMT

    I have a question to all those Non-Asian cricket fans who are murmuring about revenue? Are you telling me FIFA would give same revenue to Nepal Football team that Brazil Football team gets? Prove me then we will make India pay for that, if you can't then zip your mouth please. India and Bangladesh are two richest board in SC. These days these are the two decides what will happen in future. So a string India will help Bangladesh to grow strength by strength. Take it or leave it, but India is a big supporter of Bangladesh. Yes, Bangladesh took giant steps to become a top team, but when Bangladesh were struggling, it was India always had their back, not Pakistan. So India should receive their rightful share of the revenue. After all, they generate the highest revenue. It's as simple as that. If you earn more, you get more. Stop murmuring, get on with it please. If you can generate more money, then you can ask more money.

  • GR8GAUR on April 14, 2017, 11:17 GMT

    @KEEPCALMANDSLAPTHEUMPIRE So by your logic all the rich should distribute 10-15% of their incomes to poor. OK so when are we South Asians going to get cheques from ENG, AUS and US ? Btw where is AFG cricket based right now ?

  • keepcalmandslaptheumpire on April 14, 2017, 7:36 GMT

    India should have the higher share obviously but they should also have a share dedicated to developing cricket in countries that are either struggling or trying to grow a fanbase. Say 10-15% of a 55% share sounds reasonable to me. That way they're still earning much more than everyone else and they get the run of who develops and how cricket is distributed through media and so forth.

  •   Dileep Thumati on April 14, 2017, 7:06 GMT

    I_AMVIVA How many stars are there in Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of IPL?? Didn't the stadiums in Rajasthan get full to support their team. CRICFAN37328733 How many international matches did the following players played to get famous. Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Pravin Tambe, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jhadav, in the present IPL Krunal, Chahal, Kaushal Kumar, Kuldeep, and the list goes on and on. Add to that retired players of other countries you will get the big picture. India has been conducting matches in their own grounds for Associated Nations. Which other country with international team has done that? If the stars play Ranji Trophy every year then Ranji Trophy is itself is enough. You might have not known that Star Sports have telecast Ranji Trophy matches live last year. Why would they do if there are no viewers in the first place as pointed out by some one in the discussion.

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