ICC revamp January 30, 2014

BCCI's demand for more revenue justified - Patel

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, has said that the BCCI's demands for a larger share of the ICC's revenue are justified given India's commercial pull in world cricket.

The BCCI, along with Cricket Australia and the ECB, had drafted a "position paper" that stressed on a new revenue distribution model favourable to the Big Three boards. The "position paper" also suggested a new model of governance and changes to the existing Future Tours Programme (FTP) structure.

"(One) who is contributing more should get more than what they get," Patel told reporters on the sidelines of the Ranji Trophy final in Hyderabad. "Earlier we used to get only 4%, though we were responsible for generating more than 60-70% of the total revenue. So in that aspect, it is absolutely fair (to demand more) and by taking the governance model and joined with that, we are expecting the overall gross revenue will more than double within this cycle (2015-2023). The cricket part can be taken care of by utilising the well-generated revenue with good governance."

According to the proposed system, prepared by the three boards under ICC president Alan Isaac's instructions, the BCCI is expected to get nearly a third of the ICC's revenues. The Full Members were presented with the position paper at an ICC Board meeting on January 9 and the Big Three had hoped the proposal would be cleared during the meeting on January 28 and 29.

The members, however, failed to arrive at a conclusion on January 28, although the ICC announced that the key principles of the draft had "unanimous support" of the Full Members. In spite of the criticism generated after the original draft was leaked, Patel termed the paper and its recommendations as "positive" and said it had nothing to do with power games.

"We are quite okay with the position paper. There were a lot of misconceptions about the paper and it was a very good position paper whereby we were considering the Indian position in a real perspective rather than what has come out," Patel said. "I would like to say one thing - it has been mentioned that it is a power game that we are playing, but it was absolutely nothing regarding power. The role of leadership required at the ICC is to be provided by three big contributors, India, England and Australia. Since ours is a major contribution, in terms of cricket and financial things, it has been agreed by almost all of us [Full Members] regarding the financial concept of what we are claiming."

The proposed governance model resulted in opposition from various quarters, including many former ICC executives. It also meant that the rest of the Full Members entered the meeting on January 28 without clarity on several issues, including the two-tier Test system, the conversion of the FTP into bilateral arrangements and revenue distribution. Cricket South Africa, that was not a part of the proposed Test fund in the original draft, demanded the withdrawal of the suggested restructure. Patel, however, denied that any of the members registered their protest over the proposal.

"It was not a protest. Do not call it a protest. It is a deliberation they required, so complete freedom was provided to all members to discuss and learn," Patel said, adding that all topics were discussed in detail in Dubai. "There were two different meetings ranging between five-six hours and later at least some members preferred to go back to their Board and inform them about the reality. But, principally the entire issue of financial models, leadership and the governance has been accepted by all of them."

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  • sam on February 2, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    If AUS cant win india, ENG cant win in AUS, SA cant win in UAE, SL cant win in UAE its all fine , but if india fails abroad......then its problem for every one

    This is called jealousy , No other team has achieved half of what india could do in last five years...We were No 1 in tests , Won ODI,t20 world cups and champions trophy...T20 WC was in SA and Champions trophy was in ENG. Ofcourse foreign test series has been a problem in last season, that going to improved ,they did better than expected in SA?

  • Rashid on February 1, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Well its OK to say that BBCI and the other 2 contribute bigger revenue share in the ICC and you can argue that they should get a bigger slice but they have no right to ASK for executive control of the the ICC. Who will police them? what about the International Governance Code? Doest that apply to the ICC? Ethically it will be a disaster unless they are told..

    "The Sensible 3" i.e SA,Pak & SL should seek a legal advice to see if after the revamp will it effect the ICC responsibility to the stakeholders at large i.e the affiliate members and the fans

  • TheTrueView on February 1, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    How is BBCI's demand which is, yes the capitalistic view, related to the destroying of Taj Mahal? No logic here. @ stromy 16 - comments are the best and logical.

  • Srin on February 1, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    I'm with cricraz (January 31, 2014, 1:05 GMT) on this: "If they utilize this extra money to improve the stadium facilities for the fans and improve the salaries and facilities for local players, then it is worth demanding their share of the revenue."

    If the BCCI administrators had come out with a clear set of proposals for how they would utilise this extra money they're demanding, they would not have antagonised so many people. Now, they've made themselves look greedy and arrogant. Very poor communicators they are!

    It is the truth that among test cricket playing countries, population-wise, India is so large that it can fit all of these countries in itself and still have numbers left over. It is also afflicted with unimaginable levels of poverty.

    If the BCCI can start a massive investment program in all corners of the country, remunerate every ground maintenance worker and local-level player - especially start nutrition supplementary programs for young players, will be worthwhile.

  • Mohammad on February 1, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Mr. Patel BCCI is already the richest. With Power comes responsibility. I guess India is too immature to practice responsibility and is throwing a tantrum. Greed kills. India along with British and the Australians will destroy Cricket if Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa don't stop this out of control train.

  • David on January 31, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    @ Narayanan_Iyer writes "I just don't understand why ... fans, expect BCCI, CA & ECB, to pay for the development of Cricket in their countries! Your expectation is like wanting the neighbors to pay for your credit card bills!"

    ICC income is NOT derived from bilateral tours, but from ICC competitions. When fans purchase the "product" called "ICC Cricket," it goes on their credit cards. It does not go on any country's cricket board's credit card.

    When consumers make a purchase, what right do they have have to ask for the money back? The consumer makes the choice, is delivered the "product," & has no "right" to refund. Do Indian consumers get back money they "spend' watching American football or Bollywood movies?

    The BCCI has no mandate to represent the Indian consumer. Until ALL Indians can vote directly in BCCI elections, the BCCI has not that right. If BCCI elections were held so, a cricketer like Dravid etc would be in charge, & nonsense like this would never occur. NEVER!

  • Rahul on January 31, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    They r generating more revenue which is require for survival of any game so nothing wrong in asking for power and money

  • Sajjad on January 31, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Future of only three is IPL Future of cricket only three Future of Big three is Only three

  • jayasekera on January 31, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    India claims to derive 80% of iCC income. Who did the sums? This means any side touring India does not give any Value Added to the series. India's touring record in recent times is dreadful, to say the least.