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BCCI discusses restructure in sharing of ICC revenue

Daniel Brettig

December 3, 2013

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N Srinivasan speaks at the annual Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi lecture, Mumbai, November 13, 2013
The BCCI is in favour of the ICC distributing its revenue in a manner that reflects the Indian board's financial contribution to the game © BCCI
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A changed revenue-distribution model for the ICC was one of several issues discussed between Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards and BCCI president N Srinivasan in Singapore last week. Edwards is also head of the ICC governance committee and his meeting with Srinivasan happened to be part of his regular rounds of talks with ICC executive board members. The BCCI is understood to be in favour of a sharing of ICC revenue that better reflects the size of its financial contribution to the game, rather than an equal split among all Full Member nations.

The Singapore discussions were said to have taken place over a middle ground between current practice and BCCI's informal stand on the subject.

Srinivasan was in Singapore for an IPL franchise-owners workshop. Along with being BCCI president and therefore member of the IPL governing council, he is also owner of the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise.

Neither CA nor the BCCI made any formal statement about their stand on the subject of ICC revenue distribution until Tuesday. At the sidelines of the ICC awards announcement function in Mumbai, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said the issue was the "legitimate right" of the BCCI and was still under discussion. "This legitimate right issue has been put up before the Full Members of ICC. It is nothing but a just and fair right that we are asking for. It is not any muscle flexing." Patel told PTI. Srinivasan had put up the issue for the "first time in the history of the BCCI as a Full Member of the ICC. He has worked out very good details and very good options," Patel said.

"President Srinivasan, since last year, was looking into the financial details of ICC. He has made a private study about what could be the contribution of the BCCI into the revenue stream of ICC. On the basis of that, some formulae have been discussed among us. His own acumen as a businessman has also helped us." On the home front, the BCCI hands out 70% of its annual revenue to 27 of its affiliates in equal proportions.

Cricket Australia's own views on the subjects are not yet known in the public domain. It has however changed its own financial-revenue distribution in 2012 as part of a raft of governance changes including the move towards a fully independent board of directors. From each state receiving an equal share, revenue is now distributed on a basis of need, as decided by CA's board.

The discussion between Edwards and Srinivasan also covered matters including the vast disparity between dividends received by lower ranked Full Member countries and the top Associate nations like Ireland and Afghanistan.

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Posted by David_Boon on (December 5, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

@JohnnyRook The IPL is a flash in the pan, and unsustainable. To think even Indians would watch it without the international talent is also ludicrous. The fact is ratings are declining, you have players and officials embroiled in fixing scandals, a corrupt board and corrupt owners. The BCCI itself has the Indian High Courts breathing down it's neck. The league is sustained by advertising money, but there are few return advertising sponsors, a clear sign that there is no value for money. Their business model is absolutely unsustainable and I would bet anything that we will be looking at a downsizing and a reduced scope in the very near future. To assume the BCCI can make money without the other Test playing nations is inherently false.

Posted by Biso on (December 5, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

@ Biggus: The very fact that BCCI is the largest ( disproportionately high) revenue provider to ICC speaks of the fact that it is BCCI which has kept ICC's cricket programs for minor cricketing nations alive. It is a moot point that ICC have been incapable of managing even that function while the key infrastructure and logistics of ICC events are in any case provided for by the country's board where the event is taking place. So the less said about ICC's contributions the better.

Posted by YS_USA on (December 4, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

To have interesting competitive matches, lower level teams should get more ICC money and higher ranked teams should get less money.

Posted by android_user on (December 4, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

Its funny hearing comments that India needs foreign players and teams. No we don't. I for one would be perfectly willing to see for example CSK to have an all Indian line up. There would be no difference if the BCCI takes the NFL route and goes for a year round domestic competition and minimal international cricket.

Posted by Rohit... on (December 4, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

@ Alexk400 : Too bad countries can't stop their players.... Hence, IPL will always be a hit.

Posted by crick_sucks on (December 4, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

It is astonishing why BCCI did not think about this 10 years back? What were the office bearers doing all this while. Millions of dollars have been lost which could have improved Indian grass root cricket much better and India could have been the dominant force by now. Better late than never. High time BCCI gets its due from ICC. Srinivasan must take this matter up at the next ICC meet and have it settled in BCCIs favor at the earliest. I would say BCCI should demand its share for the last 10-15 years as well.

Posted by JHT27 on (December 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

BCCI (and therefore ICC) makes most of it's money from the attention it gets from the attention the Indian fans give to the sport. Why should this money be spent in improving cricket in countries which already have better grass-roots level programmes to promote cricket than India? The Indian fan is among the poorest among the top nations (Please refer below)

Country GDP per capita (PPP) in USD Australia 41,954 United Kingdom 36,569 New Zealand 29,481 South Africa 11,281 Sri Lanka 6,046 India 3,843 Pakistan 3,056

It makes sense that BCCI builds us a huge reserve funds because soon it is going to face stiff competition from other sports like soccer in India.

Posted by Biggus on (December 4, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

@Cric_god_Sachin:-"BCCI has always supported other members and I m sure it will continue to do so better than icc." Ok, I'm willing to listen. Can you please elucidate further, you know, give some examples of BCCI's philanthropy, because I just can't be as sure as you unless I'm confronted with evidence.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 4, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

if every country stop sending their players to IPL , IPL will fail.

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