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WICB projects 100% rise in revenue if ICC revamp stamped

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January 29, 2014

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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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Posted by rayinto 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?

Posted by delboy 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.

Posted by OceanBreeze 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.

Posted by chrismo 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!

Posted by bouncer709 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.

Posted by veerajai 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...

Posted by westindiesupporter 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

Posted by amumtaz 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.

Posted by SyBorgg71 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%.

Posted by FSL2013 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.

Posted by Sajid111 on (January 29, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

Please can someone tell wicb that business go through profit/loss cycle, what will happen when its in a loss cycle? The greedy 3 aint gonna care for them. They need to wake up.

Posted by JPMaple on (January 29, 2014, 22:00 GMT)

Let's do a rough calculation on the ICC revenue distribution. Say, the total revenue in the existing rule is $100M, and each full member get $10M after equally distributing to 10 members. Based on the propsed revised plan, the Big 3 will get larger share, say each of the Big 3 gets $15M and rest is $55M. The rest will be equally distributed to the 7, which is $7.85M. What WICB is saying that will get extra money for unprofitable tours, which mean other 6 members will get lower than $7.85. It is clear the Big 3 are playing money game and bribing other memebers, WI, NZ and ZM. Ultimate result will be centralizing the cricket instead of globalizing. I feel shame on WICB.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

Who did your maths WI, a ten year old

Posted by avmd on (January 29, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

So sad, a region with such a proud cricket history, got sold out so cheap. Big 3 threw a few dollar and WICB was quick to jump itto their lap. Pride and respect earned by the wonderful cricketers and followers of recent past, all sold out, very sad.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 29, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

@philvic: This has nothing to do with cricketing skills or talents. This is a power/money game played by the BIG 3 to get their way over others. Obviously, India with all its revenue and cricket crazy market will always have its say over others, including England and Australia. The only reason why anybody is giving in to these propositions is cause they want to be in contact with India for the money. Once they get their share, they could totally be blind to the destruction of cricket. Coming to think of it, what if the PCB, CSA and SLC were in the same position as the BCCI, ECB and CA ? I am sure those guys would have done the same. Nobody are saints here. Self-righteousness is like a pendulum, it swings all the time. The reality is cricket is a business now and the BCCI will have a major say no matter how much we despise it.

Posted by arif29 on (January 29, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

This is just eye wash to keep the public happy. Fact is, WICB just sold its soul.

Posted by Pippy_the_dog on (January 29, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

drnaveed… Just for the record Clive Lloyd was one of the signatories to Ehsan Mani's letter to the ICC. Totally agree with what your saying otherwise.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (January 29, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

Several fans have mentioned that the R7 (the remaining 7 test nations) breaking away to form their own cricketing organization. Is this realistic? Because if they were already tight on money touring each other, how would they magically make more money by shutting out the Big 3? On the flip side, if the R7 were profitable, would they not be significantly less profitable compared to how they were previously (when the Big 3 toured them more regularly)? At the moment, I'm imagining B'desh touring NZ followed by WI touring SL and then SA playing Pak in the UAE. Are these types of tours capable of financially sustaining all of the R7 boards? Even in the case of SA, if they didn't bring out the crowds during Kallis's farewell tour, how are they going to bring them out for R7 matches? Tough times and tough decisions lie ahead.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (January 29, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

The WICB has kissed the long term money good bye in favour of "possible" short term money. The long term money is in reality power, the power to determine Big 3 economics such as where ICC World Cups will be held or monies for talented WI cricket players (such as Chris Gayle) to join the IPL. This is power because the Big 3 will have to provide WICB of real funds in order to get what they want regarding player movements and ICC events. In contrast, the "possible" short term money is nothing tangible at all. It is merely a promise from the Big 3 that the WICB "could" gain money, should the Big 3 agree to do a few more bilaterals. Now if the bilaterals don't materialize then WICB won't be gaining any new revenues at all.

Posted by german1 on (January 29, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

WICB are a bunch of followers. They are clearly the weak link, that's why they were easily lured in by the "big three." Time for the big islands to go their separate ways.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 29, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Shame on the persons representing the WI cricket board here . they should have at present , concentrated more on plans for improving the performance of their team , rather than , concentrating on thinking about the ways how to improve the amount of money ,their board will get in the future by supporting the un-famous 3 club. the WI side used to rule the cricketing world in the past , they have surprised and disappointed their fans around. they have accepted the lolly-pop , which was offered to them . what sir sobers , sir viv ,clive lloyd, holding and their other top players are thinking about it ,they should have raisd their voices ,had they been against this rubbish. in the past WI used to dominate the cricketing world ,now it has gone down ,what about if either of IND ,ENG ,AUS go down to the status where WI is right now ,will it than be playing the top teams....

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 29, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

@M.Faheem: I like your analogy. Brilliant one sir. Yes, a lot of posters here conveniently overlook the simple fact that Indians being so passionate about cricket have contributed towards the nation's dominance in cricket financially. It's fair for India to get a bigger piece of the pie as they richly deserve that. The other nations simply don't have that kind of a fan base or infrastructure to compete with India. Even England and Australia are a distinct second and third. This proposal is basically to seal India's superpower status and give them extra privileges. While I am okay with India bagging in more money for themselves, I don't necessarily agree with them dictating terms to other countries as to when they would like to play them OR not. That to me reeks of vile intentions. What if India never play Bangladesh or Pakistan or even WI in the next several years ? That would be catastrophic. So yes, this is a difficult matter but alas, the WICB have caved in.

Posted by kentjones on (January 29, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Where are the strident voices of the past cricketers and all the followers of the game in the region. Are you all going to simply allow the great tradition and history of West Indies cricket be trampled upon by the greed of the big three. Come on lets speak up against this travesty. If our Board and past cricketers wont do it let the ordinary man in the street cry out for justice!

Posted by kentjones on (January 29, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

The entire WICB should be sacked immediately. They have not only ruined the game in the Wi but also have now taken away any semblance of dignity and respect by siding with the big three. The WICB have been fed a bone and like a good faithful cur they have accepted it readily with a fervent wag of the tail and an exuberant "bow wow". Even Bangladesh who is lower on the rung of the ladder than WI have stood up to the might of the big 3 and made their voices heard. I am ashamed of the WICB, they have shamed the entire WI.

Posted by philvic on (January 29, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

I wonder why India with its mammoth cricket mad population still produces such average results in proper cricket. You would think they would dominate rather than perpetually being also rans. Maybe money isn't everything...

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 29, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Shame on WICB! They are a shame not only to the country, but also to their cricket legends of all time, like great Malcom Marshal who battled with a hand broken, batting with a single hand, being a bowler. Disgusting!

Posted by ca2ca on (January 29, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

How WICB say there is no chance of degrading to Tier 2 ? There is nothing for certian in Universe and it applies to WI too. ""Also, bilateral playing agreements, as opposed to the FTP, would mean West Indies "will not be bound" to host those unprofitable tours, it said. "" SO NO MATCHES AGAINST EQUAL OR WEARKER TEAMS.

""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."" THAT MEANS AGAINST STRONGER OPPOSITION , How long will WI will able to keep their ranking ??? Think

Posted by drnaveed on (January 29, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Shame on the persons representing the WI cricket board here . they should have at present , concentrated more on plans for improving the performance of their team , rather than , concentrating on thinking about the ways how to improve the amount of money ,their board will get in the future by supporting the un-famous 3 club. the WI side used to rule the cricketing world in the past , they have surprised and disappointed their fans around. they have accepted the lolly-pop , which was offered to them . what sir sobers , sir viv ,clive lloyd, holding and their other top players are thinking about it ,they should have raisd their voices ,had they been against this rubbish. in the past WI used to dominate the cricketing world ,now it has gone down ,what about if either of IND ,ENG ,AUS go down to the status where WI is right now ,will it than be playing the top teams....

Posted by drnaveed on (January 29, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Shame on the persons representing the WI cricket board here . they should have at present , concentrated more on plans for improving the performance of their team , rather than , concentrating on thinking about the ways how to improve the amount of money ,their board will get in the future by supporting the un-famous 3 club. the WI side used to rule the cricketing world in the past , they have surprised and disappointed their fans around. they have accepted the lolly-pop , which was offered to them . what sir sobers , sir viv ,clive lloyd, holding and their other top players are thinking about it ,they should have raisd their voices ,had they been against this rubbish. in the past WI used to dominate the cricketing world ,now it has gone down ,what about if either of IND ,ENG ,AUS go down to the status where WI is right now ,will it than be playing the top teams....

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 29, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

one can expect the WI to play in the career-ending matches of several of the bcci's players.

Posted by M.Faheem on (January 29, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

It is an undeniable fact that the popularity of cricket in India, coupled with their mammoth population, has made a clear distinction between them and rest of the world over the last 15 years. In mid-1990s, less cricket was played than today, but everyone was content, and the 'game' was more important than the 'money'. India's success in international tournaments since 2007, together with IPL, has intensified the love of cricket triggered with the stardom of Tendulkar, Ganguly, Sehwag, Dhoni and Youraj. Now, it is like one family in a small village of 10 households has built a palace, with money becoming the criteria of success, respect and power. And every other household wants to befriend with their wealthy neighbour with the hope of enhancing their fortunes. The most unfortunate, of course, is the one household that never had good terms with that wealthy fellow, even in the past. Face the reality PCB!

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (January 29, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

1 + 1 = 2, if you take 1 out only 1 will remain. I do not understand how WICB would get double revenue with out BCCI/CSA/ECB losing something? Are they going to play matches in the parallel universe and Aliens would pay to watch so that every ones revenue will be doubled? Can not understand, how every one will be benefited by the bilateral agreements. Some where some one has to lose and cricket as a whole would lose? We even understand how IPL franchise revenue system works, but no this one. Experts make the ordinary cricket fan like me understand please!

Posted by Salar_Ahmed on (January 29, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Realistically speaking this was by no means a surprise, the WICB has nothing to lose and everything to gain and whether or not they side against the proposal, it will eventually get accepted. Why risk offending the almighty BCCI. Sad state of affairs for cricket. It will inevitable be turned into a money making business scheme with the type of organisation we have to govern it. The Pathetic ICC. Forget about spreading the game worldwide, we can only hope it survives for as long as possible under the rule of BCCI, CA and ECB.

Posted by IPSY on (January 29, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

These so called representatives from the WICB need to understand that our only interest in cricket, our No.1 sport is to get back to the world's No.1 spot again. We know that their (WICB) only interest has to do with how much more MONEY they can get to take big fat salaries. Hence, this very offensive headline: "WICB projects 100% rise in revenue if ICC revamp stamped", from them! Yes, we know that money is needed to run the sport, but we need first to know that the management of the sport at the international level is such that our team has the right to play against the best in the world, regardless to it's ranking - since rank is only temporary. So to hell with money let's play the cricket at a worldwide competitive level - weak vs weak; strong vs strong and strong vs weak. This is how the teams would improve as was the case traditionally. Also, stop paying mediocre 'one fluke' cricketers these huge sums of money - let them bring some standard and quality to the sport for their pay.

Posted by Pippy_the_dog on (January 29, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Good luck after 2023 WICB! Don't you realise that you are one of the uneconomic tours the big three are talking about? Once you give up what little power you have, there is no getting it back. Of course they'll through you a few crumbs now.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 29, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

cant believe that the WICB have sold out on their respective countries and their fans..this is another decision driven purely by greed. really disappointed at them..

Posted by shafiqrao on (January 29, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

This is stupid. If every country starts thinking about profitable tours then no profitable country will tour West Indies because for them it will not be profitable to tour West Indies. WICB is digging a hole in which they will bury themselves.

Posted by faysal201 on (January 29, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Now it can be understand why WI cricket is destroying day by day because their players & board only looking for money. I think if the proposal pass then their cricket will gong more downward. Then what will they do with that money. Then India, Australia, England will no play with them.

Posted by Stark62 on (January 29, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

@ Winsbert Joseph How are you gaining revenue?

$3 out of $100= 3% revenue, whilst $7 out of $500= 1.4% revenue!!

The "big 3" may tour and invite the WI cricket team now but they won't be doing that regularly, considering they'll also be making a loss due to the Windies rankings and the audience levels being sparse.

Also, why should the other 4, who stood up to the big 3 support WI now?

The way I see it, the WICB has shot itself in the foot.

Posted by niazbhi on (January 29, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

Total money fans are going to spend is not going to dramatically increase even if india plays Aus every month (fans have a budget). It is ok if india, Aus or some other countries play with each other more to increase revenue (which is already happening). Handing special power to india, aus, eng is going to financially hurt WICB in the long run. I m not sure whether board members are looking at their own benefits instead of WI's long term cricket. Fairness of the game is already going down. When other sports are moving towards fairness, cricket is moving backwards.

Posted by asim229 on (January 29, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

I am sure more than 100% will be going to the individual pockets of the WICB board members to sign this proposal :) but not sure that money will actually be going to be used for WI cricket.

Posted by IndiaGoats on (January 29, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

@SportsObserver - the math is simple. WICB will receive an annual Test Match Fund which apparently they didnt get until now. Plus, instead of having to play unprofitable games as per the FTP, they can setup bilaterals with the better teams, thereby making even more money.

While I was initially opposed to this new deal, once emotions calm down, there are some good aspects. Forget relegation rules, forget unilateral decisions. The FTP was an abject failure. Bilaterals, if well implemented, can make a lot of good difference. Like someone mentioned, India could tour BD twice rather than having exchange tours - this is good for BD as well as for India.

Revenue wise, I believe all boards are in reasonable agreement over sharing rules. For those that are advocating a splinter group without the Big3 - be pragmatic. Most boards will not survive more than a few months of this. Where is the money coming from?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

The ineptitude of the WICB when all boards are heading home for discussion the president makes a decision on the spot. No wonder they support the big three. Cause their own board is not democratic. I expect a rise in revenue if there is an increase in the amount of the rights deal. My major issue is does this lead to a decrease in the total percentage of the revenue that they were getting prior. If I was getting $3 out of 100 and now getting $7 out of $500. I have increased by revenue but is it proportional to what I was getting before.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (January 29, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

OMG!!! WICB, get real, man. The big 3 will verbally offer you anything now just to get your vote on the position paper. Once they get their way, there will be nothing to bind them to fulfill those promises. Besides, if you guys are aiming to only play teams ranked higher than you, don't you think teams ranked higher might try the same with you? In that case, you won't get any games whatsoever.

Posted by GeminiAwan on (January 29, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

West Indian players only play for money that's why they play only T20's. They don't focus on Tests nd ODI's......

IPL is very wealthy, that's WICB supporting India...

Posted by kentjones on (January 29, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

West Indies Cricket Board are playing the game: Follow the Leader(s). To see the once mighty WI reduced to waiting cap in hand at the foot of the dining room of the big three for the scraps to lap up after they have had their fill of the seven course dinner ( yes having the seven other for dinner) from the table is humiliating. Cricket in the West Indies is now being re-colonised. The difference here is that Australia and India once colonies themselves, now join the supreme colonial power England in degrading the West Indies. Oh how the mighty has fallen!!!

Posted by tanweeralam on (January 29, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

The board is only after money and no wonder is the state of WI cricket. Infact it should not be called WI team rather mercenary team. It is soon going to be below Zimbabwe

Posted by SportsObserver on (January 29, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

My math is a bit weak.. "Big 3" will get much more, WICB will see 100% rise in their revenue, I am sure(NOT!) all the other boards opposing this will also see their revenue increased. Will all this money come from trees?! We all know deals and vote buying is going on, it is going on in broad day light without anyone even trying to hide it, but question is how much WICB was paid to argue for this proposal's favor. Come on WI, you have such a great Cricket history, don't sell yourself out completely.

Posted by lazytrini on (January 29, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Typical spineless West Indies. Despite what we like to pretend, the mentality of former colonials is blind allegiance to 'authority' or those in/with power. Ergo, the common scenario where the inept and myopic board expects the players to not stand up for themselves and when they do they they are deemed militant. This same board will then cave in for anyone/anything they deem bigger than themselves.

Posted by yoadie on (January 29, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

So far, so good. It might be premature yet, but how can the WICB guarantee its long-suffering fans, that this projected doubling of revenue over eight (8) years, will see a two-fold increase in the quality of the Test cricket they play? Or, like in U.S cities that fail, the ICC should be on stand-by to move in with a so-called emergency management team? The U.S. state of Michigan, has now stepped in to call the shots in the city of Detroit. It makes me nervous if the WICB is to be given additional monies, without additional oversight. Improved results on the Test cricket field MUST be demanded.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

You guys..Be real..Be real.I repeat....draft was leaked for a purpose..now revisions wud get it to wot BCCI wanted in first place..I believe u can argue all the way to heaven..BCCI n I repeat BCCI not India shall have its way...Good luck

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

all of boards will eventually except it

BCB has issue about test status which is already sorted

pcb and slc are also financially struggling boards so it will be some deals and thats it.

nothing new in WICB statement. they were supportibg ut from day 1

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

wicb 100% sure these three will give the mm series every year..its a game. the game to get power

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

Look at all these people mostly from SL,Pak and Bd condemning Wicb just because they chosen to be pragmatic and not motivated by jelousy. BCCI should reward them by helping the new Caribbean prem league by having an IPL team play over there for exhibition games threby boosting its popularity in India.

Posted by Third_Gear on (January 29, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

PROFIT PROFIT PROFIT. Were greats like Lloyd,Viv,Sobers etc. played for the same West Indies? Cicket is a business or Sports ?

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 29, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

I think that SL, SA, PAK should cancel all the upcoming tours with West Indies. They don't seem to care about Cricket but money. They can pay the designated guinea pig role for India, Aus n Eng. Whenever those 3 sides wanna improve their rankings, West Indies can help 'em with that. lol On the other hand, WI players are hardly international level. G'luck !!!

Posted by EX-EY on (January 29, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

I think we just need to wait for Zimbabwe's stance. If they are with South Africa, than it will be great to have two separate cricket councils with 5 team each. This will also relax the mindset of "Big 3".

Posted by Rock_cricket on (January 29, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

Everybody is interested in self benefit, if SL,PAK and BD were big 3 , what they would have done?

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (January 29, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

Despicable as the entire episode has been, I can still see it from the WICB's viewpoint. The fact remains that they're desperately in need of funds. Why shouldn't they put self interest ahead, when pretty much everyone else is doing the same?

Posted by veeezel on (January 29, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

WICB has not put through any thing to their country's gross route for so many years now i know why, if people who are running the board will go by with BIG 3's words that WICB income will raise 100% then they are living in fantasy world .Those three bigs are only interested in their own interest and money that is all they are looking after if WICB can't see that or any other board for that sense then good look to them but one thing will be for sure that will be the death of cricket i have no doubt about that

Posted by M.Faheem on (January 29, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

So BCCI, ECB and CA got one more ally (after NZ). They need 2/3 more such allies to get to their desired supremacy. I think SA and PCB will be left at the end for obvious reasons. SA is most powerful among the left over boards, and PCB knows their future if ICC is controlled by BCCI.

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (January 29, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

I am ashamed , dismayed and hurt by the desicion of the WICBC to support this damning resolution . selling the souls of the cricket loving west indian people for a short term gain . Shame on you WICBC

Posted by jbentham on (January 29, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Come into my web said the spider to the fly. Unless the WI gets those "commitments" to become contractually binding, I'm afraid they will have been woo'ed with empty promises (citing SA as an example). The WI will also play on the big 3's terms.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

well it is now very clear why india reduced matches against Saffers. They allowed West Indies and Nzl a short tour to get their votes for ICC revamp

Posted by RashidKhanGee on (January 29, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

100% revenue rise... Wow talking of selling your soul. WICB is ignoring what is at stake here i.e. to sell your soul to Big3 and you will get a cookie.

If every Cricket board right now ignore the real issue and consider only the short term promises of bilateral series with Big3 and financial gains then remeber once you signed on those dotted lines of the revamp dossier, they will not be your friends anymore. I would like that Cricket shoud have FIFA style federation i.e FICA and everybody get to the chance to be a champion and more and more coutries will get more exposure to internation cricketing scence.

Posted by ricardoT on (January 29, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Dave Cameron does not have or cares about west Indies cricket. He is using our cricket to enrich himself and to position himself to make more money. Curious as to how much he got paid under the table by India. If with limited power and only influence BCCI has acted so tyrannically can you imagine how they will behave with veto power.

Posted by sudiptaasi on (January 29, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

Nice. Just one question to WICB. What will happen if boards ranked higher than you follow exactly the same principle you are following namely -

"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." "

And one more thing - BCCI "committed to play 4 tests in SA this year - they played 2 (almost played none). CA "committed" to increase tours to NZ in the previous cycle and surprise, surprise, they didn't. Now they are "committed" to play WI more. Hmm, I wonder ....

Posted by Reagos on (January 29, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

I hope the WICB doesn't "sell out" to the system. Priority to WICB is to rebuild the quality of cricket in the region and upwards movement in ODI and Test ranking. Do not tell me without money this cannot be achieved. The board is not broke! Do not fold to the pressure by the 3 "most powerful" boards. One deliverable to the WICB is profitability, but to us, the people, the region, the supporters, is performance of the team. Its difficult to say no to money but I encourage the leaders of the WICB to stand firm.

Posted by Anurag_India on (January 29, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

The people here who are so critical of the WICB, do they know more about the new draft of proposals, the revenues of the WICB and its projection over the next 8 year cycle than the WICB itself?

Posted by chapathishot on (January 29, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

As I said earlier all others will join in even the BCB if they are allowed one or two IPL matches.

Posted by yoohoo on (January 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

I think this proposal will create more balance as far as the playing tests is concerned, since boards can focus on only the money earning tours. (like india need not host Zim/Bang, but they can go to zim/bang twice instead since that is more financially viable).

Posted by buddhikapm on (January 29, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

results of a underground campaighns

Posted by emmwill on (January 29, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

Aha! It is all about economics! I knew that. They always say that "silence means consent." This has been affirmed by the WICB's silence before this confirmation.

Posted by Stark62 on (January 29, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

Seriously, what planet are these guys living on?

I highly doubt the "big 3" will be visiting or hosting them regularly and with the new regulations of deciding the FTP among boards, I don't they'll be getting help from SA, Pak, SL and Bang to tour or host them either because they decided not to support the resistance.

Posted by arkkrish on (January 29, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Keep dreaming on WICB. The way your players are competing, no top tier team would be interested to play against you guys.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 29, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

Does this news mean that the WICB have given up and surrendered their region's cricket over to India, Australia and England ? Hmm, how predictable can they get. I am sure Pakistan will eventually do the same thing. More games versus India and they will be silenced as well. So it all comes down to playing the Big 3 often in the future. As an Indian supporter, I wouldn't mind us playing Pakistan a lot more. But there needs to be a balance in world cricket. I would hate to see Team India vs Team X, Y, Z every other month.

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