Bangladesh news April 28, 2017

New perspective around Bangladesh - BCB president

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Nazmul Hassan: "I think Bangladesh generates more revenue than many nations. Bangladeshi companies are sponsoring our away tours" © BCB

The Bangladesh Cricket Board pursued a larger share of the ICC revenue on the basis of the team's improved results on the field and the emergence of a stronger market for the game in the country, board president Nazmul Hassan has said. Under the new revenue model, approved by the ICC Board and to be ratified at the annual conference in June, the BCB will received US $132 million in the 2015-2023 rights cycle, compared to the $76 million they had received previously for the same period.

Hassan, who attended the ICC Board meeting earlier this week, said the increased share of revenue is a boost to Bangladesh cricket, and he had persuaded the ICC Board to re-evaluate Bangladesh's stature as a cricket market.

"There used to be a notion that Bangladesh doesn't generate any revenue, that the market here is weak," Hassan said at a press briefing in Dhaka on Friday. "But I think Bangladesh generates more revenue than many nations. Bangladeshi companies are sponsoring our away tours. The market here has changed. I asked them to reevaluate our situation, because now there's a new perspective about Bangladesh.

"We used to get $76 million but now are going to get $132 million [during the eight-year cycle]. This means while we used to get $9.5 million per year, the amount will be $16.5 million per year. It is almost double, a big boon for Bangladesh."

Hassan said that during discussions over the new financial model, he had insisted Bangladesh should receive an amount larger than what had been decided in 2014. Hassan is also a member of the ICC board and was part of the working group that had proposed changes to the ICC's constitution and financial models.

"Bangladesh deserved to get more [revenue] than West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka whichever criteria is being considered," Hassan said. "Performance is not the only factor. My first objective was to increase Bangladesh's share. We agreed on the financial model that not just Bangladesh, everyone else should get more money.

"When I am at the ICC, I have two roles. I am an ICC director so I have to consider everyone, I cannot leave out anyone. But because I was representing Bangladesh as the BCB president, I have to look at Bangladesh's interest. So definitely, I feel this model is highly acceptable."

When asked why the BCB did not support the BCCI's objections to the proposed revenue model, Hassan said he could not support his board getting less money. He was hopeful, however, of a new formula being worked out.

"India's concern is only with the finances. We support them for everything," Hassan said. "I spoke to the BCCI, and assured them of our support in everything. But I cannot support Bangladesh getting less money. I personally believe that the BCCI is against this model. They have no problem with the amount we are getting, but they are trying to come up with a new formula.

"There's still time till June although it won't go to the AGM since this is not part of the constitution. If they can give us an agreeable proposal by June, we will agree with it. If they can find a logical way to show that they should get more money, we would have no objections. I feel, that's what they will do. They will come with a new formula, which we can all agree upon, and the issue will be solved.

Hassan pointed out that the instability in the BCCI's governance structure was also hampering the Indian board's discussions with the ICC.

"I think it is more of an ego issue. They have an interim board running at the moment," Hassan said. "They have different people coming to the ICC meeting. We saw someone in the last meeting who was appointed by their Supreme Court, and this time we saw someone else, BCCI's joint secretary. There's no continuity, and it is hard to deal with a new person every few months. If someone comes to the ICC meeting and agrees with us, he will be blamed for agreeing to a lesser amount. So I don't think anyone wants to take this responsibility. I am hopeful that soon, we will be able to come to an agreement."

Commenting on the BCB's opposition to any changes in the ICC constitution that would compromise a board's Full Membership, Hassan said the board had objected to such a change with the objective of saving Zimbabwe and any new Associate Member who may be granted Full Member status in the future.

One part of the governance reforms was the proposal to look at membership as a fluid concept, with Full Members being regularly evaluated against set criteria. If the Full Member failed to meet certain requirements, it would be relegated to Associate status. The response from the BCB earlier this week, however, had suggested that such reclassification should apply only to Associates who were given Full Member status on a "temporary" or a "provisional" basis. Hassan's letter had also stated that the Full Membership status of the ten Test nations should "not be compromised under any circumstances and should be made irrevocable."

"Bangladesh isn't going to be relegated in the foreseeable future but we raised the objection about relegation," Hassan said on Saturday. "We could see that Zimbabwe was in danger of relegation, even though it wasn't entirely connected to performance.

"Associate Members who become Full Members, you can't leave them out too. I considered all nations when I said that a Full Member can never be relegated."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Arif Joarder on May 2, 2017, 23:03 GMT

    @Scandalboy... For the purpose of this article, it really does not matter what Bangladesh cricketers are paid or how they perform. What matters is that Bangladesh is a growing cricketing nation and there is a lot of public and corporate interest in it which has made it a large market. According to articles I read online, last year BCB made US$ 3 million from BPL and PCB made US$ 2.5 million from PSL. I don't have the actual figures for total yearly revenue. If you have any revenue comparison please share, otherwise I'm sure BCB and ICC know better than us.

  •   Shakib S Rahman on May 1, 2017, 7:38 GMT

    @Scandalboy...You don't have any idea how much they get paid in Dhaka leagues and BPL. For your concern as a nation we never run after money...It's our natural instinct.

  • scandalboy on May 1, 2017, 3:55 GMT

    @A.Rahman, yeah used to generate that's why your crickets are paid even far lesser than Zimbabwe, let alone Pak's C Class contract cricketers. My friend, having first away tour sponsorship doesn't mean you generate more revenue. Funny that BD actually thinks they are generating more revenue

  • A.Rahman on April 30, 2017, 18:22 GMT

    Cricuser: Used to generate more, but not anymore.

  • Baundele on April 30, 2017, 17:17 GMT

    Bangladesh is the second largest cricket market in the world. We have got a huge population, and the whole nation is cricket-crazy. Pakistan could compete with us; but they can not arrange home matches at Pakistani soil. The economy of Bangladesh has also prospered in recent years under the current government. That brings more Bangladeshi sponsors to the game. During the past 5 years, we have successfully hosted the Asia cup multiple times, the world cup and many high profile teams.

  • Cricinfouser on April 30, 2017, 14:24 GMT

    Pakistan generates more than bang

  • Tuxabbas on April 30, 2017, 10:47 GMT

    They should set up a Projects Committee to review development proposals in each country and allocate funds accordingly. Ultimately each country should be competing for resources to develop cricket. There should be a clear cost-benefit relationship for each proposal and dollar should be put only where cricket turns out to be the beneficiary.

  • A.Rahman on April 30, 2017, 10:09 GMT

    CRICFAN1584483749: You probably forgot India was at the verge of going out. Bang drew all series, dew test series against Eng and won the ODI series almost, beat Ind, Pak, SA, NZ (not going to mention Zim). Wake mate, you are probably in 1990's era. BCCI should only get 5% of the share as they generate enough money from bilateral series and IPL. They are stealing Associate Nations money ! And, stop giving us your flipping excuses. 8 Decades of test playing and you bowled out for 105 and 107. Cricinfo publish please.

  • Muhandis on April 30, 2017, 9:59 GMT

    Slow and steady wins the race. I hope Bengal tigers don't get complacent in the wave of achievements. recent performance in SL is tremendous. Definitely they deserve a better share, the new model seems to be much better with respect to rewards distribution. For BCCI I think they generate humongous monies out of IPL, so they should rather play a generous role instead of looking towards monies from ICC.

  • scandalboy on April 30, 2017, 9:46 GMT

    Someone should tell Mr. Hassan that Pakistan companies are also sponsoring Pak's away tours. May I ask on what away tour performance should you get more revenue than Pakistan? Its better to remain silent when you don't properly about something

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