The West Indies crisis October 18, 2014

BCCI's damages bill to West Indies may touch $65m


West Indies pullout means India have missed out on 12 days of international cricket at home this season © BCCI

The BCCI is likely to claim damages of at least Rs 400 crore (US$65 million approx) from the WICB for West Indies having pulled out of the tour to India. The BCCI's working committee will decide whether to go ahead with the claim at a meeting on October 21 in Hyderabad.

West Indies had agreed to play five ODIs, a Twenty20 and three Tests in India, but pulled out after the fourth ODI, in Dharamsala, due to the players being displeased over a revision to their payment structure. This meant that the BCCI lost out on revenue for 17 match-days. Though Sri Lanka agreed to fill in for West Indies and play five ODIs in India in November, the BCCI will still lose income for 12 match-days for the 2014-15 season. The BCCI is likely to claim those damages from the WICB.

"We have referred the matter to our legal cell and asked them to let us know by 21st about how we can pursue the issue legally," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo, declining to elaborate on the numbers since he said they were still being computed. "They [WICB] entered into a bilateral agreement with us, and they abandoned the tour due to their internal issues, so we will have to seek compensation. But, depending on the legal advice, the working committee will decide the future course of action."

For the 2013-14 season, revenue for each match-day of India's home series against West Indies was believed to be approximately Rs 33 crore. BCCI insiders revealed that the 2014-15 season's estimation was "around the same as last year". This would mean that the West Indies' pullout will result in BCCI losing at least Rs 396 crore.

According the agreements signed between Full Members for bilateral series, each board keeps the revenue generated for their home series and incur logistics costs from the time the visiting team arrives in the country till they board a return flight.

The BCCI's revenue is primarily generated through broadcast sponsorship, series-title sponsorship, team-title sponsorship, apparel sponsorship, minor share of advertising from host broadcaster, gate receipts and in-stadia advertising. Since the broadcast and series-title sponsorships deals are on a per match basis, irrespective of whether it's a T20, Test or ODI, that income is unlikely to be affected since the five cancelled matches against West Indies (three Tests, an ODI and a Twenty20) will be replaced by five ODIs against Sri Lanka. The apparel sponsorship deal is for a fixed amount, irrespective on the number of matches at home.

However, since the broadcaster's revenue through advertising is going to be affected with the loss of 12 match-days, including a full Test series, that will have an impact on the BCCI's coffers as the board gets a minor share of advertising revenue from the host broadcaster. Also, it is likely that Star India, the host broadcaster, may ask for a reduction in broadcast fees which they have been paying to the board. At the moment, Star India pays the BCCI Rs 43.20 crore per match.

The decrease in broadcast revenues will also impact the state associations since the BCCI distributes 70% of it equally amongst the 27 members who participate in the Ranji Trophy. Besides, if any of the five state associations that were allotted one of the cancelled games against West Indies don't get a game against Sri Lanka, they will also lose out on substantial income. The host associations get to keep income generated through ticket sales and in-stadia advertising.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Just thinking...there is a common denominator here. With all the varying degrees of turmoil that is taking place in world cricket, one single board is always at the forefront of every single problem. BCCI.

  • t on October 20, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    there seems to be a lack of critical thinking amongst commenters here. this event is nothing like changes to last years SA tour. there's a HUGE difference between pulling out of a tour midway & for asking for changes to a schedule which was not agreed to by bcci. there was no agreement & csa unilaterally had declared their schedule without bcci's consent. here wicb & bcci had a mutually agreed to contract which was then reneged on. if csa were so wronged then why did they not sue bcci esp. since they so desperately need the money?? if not for the money, then just on principle of it? if they were so betrayed then why did they allow their players in this years ipl? lack of cojones??? or maybe they knew that they didnt have a leg to stand on, legally speaking, as there was no contract like bcci has here with wi. if they were so hurt then there should have been some repercussion like wi will face so that it doesnt happen again?

  • MAHENDRA on October 20, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    It may be interesting to watch india- Sri Lanka contest rather than West Indies because Sri Lanka is a better team than west Indies in every format of the game.

  • Garry on October 20, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    BellaCricket what? The first test India played was against England, their first 4 were against England and even Australia played a tests against them before the WI, so I am not sure where you got this " no other team wanted to play test matches with India back in the day it was the WICB that decided to open up their arms to India";id=6;type=team

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Claiming for the loss is understandable, But calling for a reduction in tours to the West Indies or to cut "all ties" with West Indies seems like too much.

  • Prasanna on October 20, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    There is a certain CSA who would possibly have felt the same when BCCI was on the other side not so long ago. How times change !! What you sow is what you reap !!

  • Balasundaram on October 20, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Apart from these loss-profit-allowances-promises-obligation-failure-big money-what not issues what is worrisome is the end of some good talents in WI squad if not all and end of spirited WI cricket. I think instead of launching legal attacks or blaming games both the Boards may try to solve this issue generously and skillfully for the good of this elite sport between these two countries. Don't forget disputes are unavoidable from both the givers and the takers when big money is involved. This is a conflict between the board and the players and the big question now is whose head is going to roll or how many. Bravo will be going to be the scape goat, I guess.

  • Binoj on October 20, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    @annoyedofit "You don't think the BCCI should have payed some compensation to South Africa after that stunt they pulled last year but didn't?"

    If CSA was sure that BCCI was at fault in that issue, my opinion is that they should have sued BCCI. Why didn't they do it? Maybe because they know for sure they were at fault for unilaterally deciding a tour schedule which was supposed to be finalized with bilateral agreement.

  • John on October 19, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    @basusri133b on (October 19, 2014, 17:57 GMT), I fear that you may be right. Even if it doesn't, fewer Indian tours afterwards may do. I can certainly understand why members of the BCCI are upset and keen to recoup what they have lost but I do hope that they consider the best interests of cricket as well as their own. Driving the WICB into bankruptcy isn't good for anyone. I also wonder what the motivation is for the suggested cuts in future tours. If it's to minimise exposure to possible future losses then I can sympathise but if it's just to punish WI cricket for the current situation then that's rather childish.

  • Bella on October 19, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    The BCCI should remember its history with WICB. When no other team wanted to play test matches with India back in the day it was the WICB that decided to open up their arms to India.

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