ICC revamp January 29, 2014

WICB projects 100% rise in revenue if ICC revamp stamped

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies Cricket Board has said it expects its revenue to rise by "at least 100%" over the next eight years if the "key principles" of the draft proposal on the ICC's revenue sharing are voted in.

The board issued a statement in support of the "key principles" put forward on day one of the ICC executive board meeting in Dubai, saying it had engaged in "extensive discussions" before concluding that several of the key principles could be beneficial to West Indies cricket.

"After extensive discussions and careful consideration the West Indies Cricket Board joined with all other Full Members of the ICC in providing support for key principles relating to the future structure, governance and financial models of the ICC," the release said.

The release listed the benefits the proposals could have for the game in the Caribbean, including the projected monetary benefits. "Based on new proposed system of ICC revenue sharing for the upcoming eight year cycle (2015-2023) WICB projects to receive at least 100% increase on the previous eight year cycle (2006-2014)," the release said.

The annual Test Match Fund, which is to support Full Members other than India, England and Australia, will "allow the WICB a financial buffer in the hosting of Test cricket against unprofitable teams", the release said.

Also, bilateral playing agreements, as opposed to the FTP, would mean West Indies "will not be bound" to host those unprofitable tours, it said. "West Indies will have an opportunity, through bilateral agreements, to increase the number of matches and series (Tests, ODIs and T20Is) played annually by the West Indies men's team against higher ranked opposition and against teams, which are profitable to the WICB. These will include matches and series both in the West Indies and overseas."

Moreover, the BCCI, ECB and Cricket Australia "have all committed" to increased tours to the Caribbean over the next eight years, in addition to the current tours slotted into the FTP, the board said.

West Indies will not be affected by the originally proposed two-tier Test system, it said, since they are currently ranked seven on the ICC ratings; while the team is just a five points clear of eighth-placed New Zealand at present, there is a big gulf between eight and nine - Zimbabwe, at nine, are 53 points adrift of West Indies.

Also, the key principles on governance, the WICB said, will not have any negative effect on the board since its members are "not in any way excluded from membership or chairmanship of any committee of the ICC". They will remain eligible to be elected to the presidency, vice-presidency and chairmanship of the ICC, and chairmanship of the proposed ExCo and Financial & Commercial Affairs committees.

Following discussions in Dubai on Tuesday, the ICC board settled for a period of consultation between boards and discussion over a set of principles, which, if approved, will grant the BCCI, the ECB and Cricket Australia a bigger share of cricket's global revenues and a bigger control of the game's governance. The matter was not put to vote, with four cricket boards - Cricket South Africa, Sri Lanka Cricket, Bangladesh Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board - showing opposition towards such a revamp. New Zealand Cricket, on the other hand, had earlier stated that it was not worried by the proposed changes.

The WICB had refrained from commenting on the draft proposal earlier, the release said, since it had wanted to "engage in discussions with fellow Full Members and receive a more detailed and thorough presentation at the ongoing ICC meeting" before reacting.

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  • Douglas on February 3, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    As the saying goes, WICB are "hanging their mouth where the soup is leaking". What will happen when they change the bowl?

  • Derek on February 2, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    The phase which is appropriate here is nyam and left..WI will gather the scraps which remain after the banquette. One change needed is to encourage Gibson ti put himself forward for the role vacated by Flower whilst attempting to get Flower as the WI manager.

  • Ocean on January 30, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Foolish and short sighted. This is the beginning of the end of WICB. In about a year, like BCB, they will be ignored and forgotten and have neither the precious vote to cast (which they are surrendering by siding with the Greedy-3) nor any matches to play. As a child, my first match was Pak v WI at Karachi. Although I am a Pak fan, but living in the US, I frequently travel down to the Caribbean to attend WI matches. No more. I am saddened by this and it hurts to even think of the great and proud WI team of the 70's and 80's. RIP Cricket. RIP WICB.

  • Chris on January 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    So WICB are going to be better off because they dont have to have un financially viable serries? So lets get this straight, they wont play teams like NZ and Bangladesh because not good financially, then Aus, Eng and Ind wont be playing them because not good financially... so not going to be many games for WI!! Everyone including my country NZ are just purely looking at this selfishly and that is exactly what the big 3 want... Here if you agree we promise you this and that and this!!!! you will be better off, dont worry about those other countrys we will look after you!

  • Ata on January 30, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    WICB is shown some lollipops, how it become possible that WI increase 100% and India, CA, ECB also increase their income, it is not possible to increase income for every one, some one has to bear loss. WI seems too naive that they will be able to force other teams whenever and whatever they want, India, Austrailia, England once getting power will not care about them, and i think SA, Pakistan and Srilanka also will not send team to WI for a series where they would expect a loss.

  • veera on January 30, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Why r u worried so much??? India has played WI very recently. Despite the strained diplomatic relation , India hosted Pakistan their oneday series in India. Truncated series with SA is result of both the teams not to blame india alone. If WICB does not agree, with so many freelance T20 players the test cricket in WI is nearing its natural death. It has taken years for England and Aus to accept a 5 test series with India. Did anybody question the ECB and CA when they were changing rules in 80s?? Stop India bashing. It took years of efforts and marketing skills by people like Vasanth Sathe, JAg Dalmiya, Lalith Modi and others and palyers like Gavaskar, Ravi Sastry, Kapil ,SRT, Dravid, VVS, Sourav and MS to put India in the posititon taht they r in. Why Big Bash , SLC and Bangla league are not as succesful as IPL...

  • kartikeya on January 30, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Whatever happens I am still with my team. West Indies will always take the right decision and I have belief in them

  • Atif on January 29, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    It is really shameful to see WICB catapult in favor of the Big Three. In the process they have sold cricket forever. Sad really to see all this mess. Never thought I would live to see a day when Cricket will be made hostage by a few money mongers.

  • David on January 29, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    I think we have seen the last SA vs. IND tour for a very very long time. Without FTP's neither board will be able to come to any sort of bilateral agreement. For that matter, India will never play an away test again...why should they. Once given the power to pick and choose who and where to play they have no reason to leave home.

    Absolutely disgusting. I hope that at least 3 of the boards see the truth when it comes to voting time. Shoot this proposal down and burn it. I have no problem with income split according to contributions, but 80% is absolute rubbish. It takes 2 to tango. India should play with itself and then claim 100%.

  • Faisal on January 29, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    WICB has been naive. By the time they hit the reality it will be too late .... but still they will be in India's good books so will get some share in the end. Pakistan and South Africa in the end will get nothing for leading the revolt and will just end up playing each other.

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