India news January 23, 2014

BCCI puts ICC events on the line

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ugra: Cricket gives in to BCCI's blackmail

The BCCI today virtually served notice on any ICC Full Members opposed to a makeover of the ruling body, indicating that India's participation in ICC events was subject to approval of the radical draft proposal by the ICC's executive board. The proposal recommends a structural overhaul of the ICC and proposes bigger revenues and more executive decision-making powers to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB.

The BCCI, in a three-point release following an emergent working committee meeting in Chennai, said the committee had formally approved the proposal, terming it as being "in the interests of cricket at large". The message as regards ICC events was then sent out to the other members, stating that the committee has "authorised the office bearers to enter into agreements with the ICC for participating in the ICC events and hosting ICC events, subject to the proposal being approved by the ICC board".

The BCCI's working committee also cleared the way for its leading officer bearers to sign bilateral agreements with all other Full Member boards, including Pakistan. The draft proposal contained commitments from the ECB and Cricket Australia over legally-binding bilateral agreements with eight Full Members. The absence of such a guarantee from the BCCI in the draft document had raised apprehensions among smaller boards who subsist on tours from India. Such a commitment could not have been made by the BCCI without approval of the its working committee, a formality completed on Thursday. While the ECB and CA have committed to undertake tours to the top eight countries, in principle, the BCCI's proposal covers all Test playing nations.

"We have never said that it [the draft proposal] was set in stone or a 'take-it-or-leave it' proposition," a BCCI official said. "It is clear that it is a draft and members can discuss it with their respective boards and it can be discussed in the ICC board meeting." The draft proposal will be presented to the ICC executive board during its quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29.

It is also understood that the draft proposal, put together by a working group of the ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs committee was open for discussion and amendments as long as the BCCI's central plank - redistribution of the ICC central revenue being proportionate to the income generated through each member board - was not diluted.

The BCCI working committee was insistent on not yielding ground on the matter revenue distribution. The proposal recommends a maximum allotment of 21% of the ICC's revenues to the BCCI on the grounds that Indian cricket helps generate 80% of ICC's global revenues. The draft proposal, when handed out to the Full Member nations at a specially called board meeting in Dubai on January 9, did not however contain any supporting documentation for its current revenue distribution percentages or future estimates.

The ICC's current broadcast deal expires after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but the new tender document for media rights cannot be floated without the all the member boards signing the Members Participating Agreement. The BCCI has made that signature conditional to the re-organisation of the ICC, which automatically implies that no progress on the broadcast deal will be possible till this proposal is cleared.

Cricket South Africa is the only board to have publicly opposed the proposal, and the Pakistan Cricket Board have made their opposition privately known. The West Indies Cricket Board is yet to make a statement, but was engaged in a teleconference over the week and has stated that it has "taken a position in the best interests of West Indies cricket". It is understood to be negotiating a deal with the Big Three. Cricket South Africa argued the idea was "fundamentally flawed" and "in breach of the ICC constitution", while New Zealand Cricket said it was wrong to jump to the conclusion that the proposal would be bad for cricket. FICA, which represents player associations in seven of the ICC's ten Full Member countries, declared itself "extremely concerned" with the proposal.

One of the key governance changes proposed in the position paper, pertained to the creation of a proposed Executive Committee (ExCo) - a security-council style group with three permanent members, the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB. While the Big Three will insist on being founding members of this committee, the possibility of enlarging it from the recommended four to more could be discussed. "It must be understood however that this another committee just like an F&CA committee that currently works under the IDI (ICC Development International), the ICC's commercial arm," the BCCI official said. "It will report to the ICC board, which will have the right to approve or reject its recommendations." The draft states that the ExCo will act as a "sole recommendation committee … on all constitutional, personnel, integrity, ethics, development and nominations matters".

The BCCI working committee meeting, which took place in Chennai, was chaired by one of the board's vice-presidents Shivlal Yadav, in the absence of BCCI president N Srinivasan, who could not attend due to the death of his mother early on Thursday morning. It was not Yadav who did the talking, though. Sundar Raman, the IPL chief operating officer, explained the details of the 'position paper', outlining the revamp of the ICC and why it was necessary. The proposed revenue model, according to which India stood to earn a bigger percentage of the ICC earnings, was also explained to the members.

The other big advantage of the proposal, Raman highlighted, was that India could be more free to negotiate bilateral series with another Full Member instead of being obliged to follow the FTP. The members were also made aware that under the new structure India would host at least one ICC tournament almost every two years, further enhancing its financial strength. Most BCCI members were happy to hear about the move to deal directly with other countries' boards, which would result in India hosting more international cricket. It was explained to the committee that with this move the BCCI can take even Test cricket to the new stadiums in the country, with one committee member stating that "all the unutilised stadia in the country will be able to host more big matches".

The document was drafted by a "working group" of the ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee comprising Giles Clarke of the ECB, Wally Edwards of Cricket Australia and N Srinivasan of BCCI, who were assisted by a clutch of commercial executives: Dean Kino (general manager of legal and business affairs, Cricket Australia), John Perera (commercial director ECB) and Sundar Raman (chief operating officer, IPL). Kino and Raman also form a two-man technical committee in the Champions League T20, one of the world's wealthiest cricket tournaments. It happens to be one of only three committees listed on the tournament website.

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  • ThePacifist10 on January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Utter nonsense from the BCCI. As an Indian fan, I'd love to see Junaid locking horns with Kohli, Gayle attempt to smash Bhuvneshwar and Amla battling Shami in the Bullring. Sheer engrossing entertainment. Cricket can't afford to lose such engrossing contests.

    Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. Five influential and right-minded human beings. You once guys preserved the honour of India on as well as off the field during your careers. For the sake your worthy successors and your fervent fans, we ask you to do this once more. The sport needs to be saved. You guys are the knights in shining armour we're all just waiting for. Desperately.

  • CricketLoversRuleTheWorld on January 26, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    ICC should give back BCCI and India their long due.. BCCI's demand is completely justified.. After all its India's money..

  • on January 26, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    BCCI if you dont want to take part then leave.... its time that the rest of the world stop giving in to this bully of world cricket!!! Do they really think Indias participation is so important in ICC events.... A world cup ago they weren't even in the super 6!!! The cricket loving public of India will still follow cricket, they will be first ones to make their point put across to their own board!

  • WeldonHosten on January 26, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Cricket has seen better days with less resources. I remember in the 80's test cricket was a 5 series item played by all the full members agains each other almost every 12 months. With the new found wealth that has since changed with more test matches being played by India, England, Australia and South Africa among themselves. I am not sure if this is an effort to weaken the oother team by starving it out of competitive cricket but certainly the West Indies has suffered over the years from lack of good competitive cricket. What the BCCI has proposed is nothing more than a total hijacking of the game. Maybe they have gotten to big to stay within the ICC and should leave voluntarily. They have enopugh people to play league cricket. often times we forget that our best players and status is not just a making of the board and country but it is through competitive playing at the highest level that brings out the skills in a player.

  • on January 26, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    It's look like a rubbish. Get out INDIA from ICC.

  • Neel_123 on January 26, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    "why does BCCI need more money at the expense of other countries? "

    Because it has to create and maintain the infrastructure for 1.2 billion people in a massive country as oppose to other tiny islands of few million. And also because they generate this money. As simple as that.

    Counter questions: a) How long BCCI should financially support other corrupt & efficient boards around the world and why?

    b) BCCI is not perfect, neither are other cricket boards. Despite supporting 6-7 cricket boards for such a long time, all BCCI gets from these boards' fans is blind hatred of BCCI (and India as a country). So, why should BCCI not use its money for betterment of other sports in India.

    c) If today ICC refuses to give BCCI its FAIR share of revenue, tomorrow ICC would blackmail India for demanding a share from India's domestic earning (as was proposed by Tony Graig in his speech). Say NO to Blackmail BCCI. You have full support of Indian cricket fans!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 26, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    People fail to realize that majority of Indians love Indian cricket but not world cricket. That just can't change. Will not change. Yes, there are lots of Indians who love Cricket. But that is a minority within the Indian populace. IF India gets isolated, whether IPL is real cricket or not, whether BBL is real cricket or not - they all disappear into oblivion. Indian Cricket as perceived by majority of Indians will not only survive but will thrive like never before. How many of you guys watch NFL, NBA and all that American stuff? They were, are and will continue to be strong. Indian Cricket and IPL will continue to grow no matter you call it real cricket or not. The money is real, at the end of the day. No? Simon Doul put it perfectly the other day looking at the massive Indian crowds for the third ODI. He asked where were all these spectators when NZ was playing Windies. And then he concluded that Indians are lovers of Indian Cricket but not Cricket. I can't agree more. Bulls-eye!

  • EashwarSai on January 25, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    @PrasPunter. Hate to break it you. But most Indian cricket watchers care only about Indian players. If the only cricket on TV is the IPL with mosty Indian players, they have no choice but to watch it. Indian cricket does not need the ICC or other countries. A NFL style IPL would bring a lot of revenue and most importantly the money would stay in India and create jobs here. And who cares if an Aussie or Englishman thinks it is not 'real' cricket. This 'isolation' would be good for Indian cricket and economy by developing more local players.

  • on January 25, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Mushfiqur rightly says so... After building infrastructures, stadiums, first class cricket competitions, age based teams, hosting ICC tournaments when an emerging nation starts to win ODI matches home and abroad (where as many established teams still find winning difficult outside the country) and drawing the test matches , all of a sudden ICC thinking of forcing this emerging nation to play in the continental cup to increase the level of that continental cup........but they are denying the fact that they are destroying the dream of this new cricket nation, destroying the cricket future....and we are so disappointed to see that all the cricket greats are silent in this issue, some are talking but only in favour of their country ......It seems that it is safer and easier to deny the future of cricket of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe... so no one bothers....but ICC should know millions of Bangladeshis are disturbed with this draft proposal.

  • karan1609 on January 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    The fact that India contributes 80% of ICC's revenues is a shame on the 'global' game of cricket... Also considering the per-capita of India, its a shame on India to contribute so much on a sport.. Its only fair that at least 21% of it comes to India.. Cricket isn't bigger than India...

  • ThePacifist10 on January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Utter nonsense from the BCCI. As an Indian fan, I'd love to see Junaid locking horns with Kohli, Gayle attempt to smash Bhuvneshwar and Amla battling Shami in the Bullring. Sheer engrossing entertainment. Cricket can't afford to lose such engrossing contests.

    Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. Five influential and right-minded human beings. You once guys preserved the honour of India on as well as off the field during your careers. For the sake your worthy successors and your fervent fans, we ask you to do this once more. The sport needs to be saved. You guys are the knights in shining armour we're all just waiting for. Desperately.

  • CricketLoversRuleTheWorld on January 26, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    ICC should give back BCCI and India their long due.. BCCI's demand is completely justified.. After all its India's money..

  • on January 26, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    BCCI if you dont want to take part then leave.... its time that the rest of the world stop giving in to this bully of world cricket!!! Do they really think Indias participation is so important in ICC events.... A world cup ago they weren't even in the super 6!!! The cricket loving public of India will still follow cricket, they will be first ones to make their point put across to their own board!

  • WeldonHosten on January 26, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Cricket has seen better days with less resources. I remember in the 80's test cricket was a 5 series item played by all the full members agains each other almost every 12 months. With the new found wealth that has since changed with more test matches being played by India, England, Australia and South Africa among themselves. I am not sure if this is an effort to weaken the oother team by starving it out of competitive cricket but certainly the West Indies has suffered over the years from lack of good competitive cricket. What the BCCI has proposed is nothing more than a total hijacking of the game. Maybe they have gotten to big to stay within the ICC and should leave voluntarily. They have enopugh people to play league cricket. often times we forget that our best players and status is not just a making of the board and country but it is through competitive playing at the highest level that brings out the skills in a player.

  • on January 26, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    It's look like a rubbish. Get out INDIA from ICC.

  • Neel_123 on January 26, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    "why does BCCI need more money at the expense of other countries? "

    Because it has to create and maintain the infrastructure for 1.2 billion people in a massive country as oppose to other tiny islands of few million. And also because they generate this money. As simple as that.

    Counter questions: a) How long BCCI should financially support other corrupt & efficient boards around the world and why?

    b) BCCI is not perfect, neither are other cricket boards. Despite supporting 6-7 cricket boards for such a long time, all BCCI gets from these boards' fans is blind hatred of BCCI (and India as a country). So, why should BCCI not use its money for betterment of other sports in India.

    c) If today ICC refuses to give BCCI its FAIR share of revenue, tomorrow ICC would blackmail India for demanding a share from India's domestic earning (as was proposed by Tony Graig in his speech). Say NO to Blackmail BCCI. You have full support of Indian cricket fans!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 26, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    People fail to realize that majority of Indians love Indian cricket but not world cricket. That just can't change. Will not change. Yes, there are lots of Indians who love Cricket. But that is a minority within the Indian populace. IF India gets isolated, whether IPL is real cricket or not, whether BBL is real cricket or not - they all disappear into oblivion. Indian Cricket as perceived by majority of Indians will not only survive but will thrive like never before. How many of you guys watch NFL, NBA and all that American stuff? They were, are and will continue to be strong. Indian Cricket and IPL will continue to grow no matter you call it real cricket or not. The money is real, at the end of the day. No? Simon Doul put it perfectly the other day looking at the massive Indian crowds for the third ODI. He asked where were all these spectators when NZ was playing Windies. And then he concluded that Indians are lovers of Indian Cricket but not Cricket. I can't agree more. Bulls-eye!

  • EashwarSai on January 25, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    @PrasPunter. Hate to break it you. But most Indian cricket watchers care only about Indian players. If the only cricket on TV is the IPL with mosty Indian players, they have no choice but to watch it. Indian cricket does not need the ICC or other countries. A NFL style IPL would bring a lot of revenue and most importantly the money would stay in India and create jobs here. And who cares if an Aussie or Englishman thinks it is not 'real' cricket. This 'isolation' would be good for Indian cricket and economy by developing more local players.

  • on January 25, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Mushfiqur rightly says so... After building infrastructures, stadiums, first class cricket competitions, age based teams, hosting ICC tournaments when an emerging nation starts to win ODI matches home and abroad (where as many established teams still find winning difficult outside the country) and drawing the test matches , all of a sudden ICC thinking of forcing this emerging nation to play in the continental cup to increase the level of that continental cup........but they are denying the fact that they are destroying the dream of this new cricket nation, destroying the cricket future....and we are so disappointed to see that all the cricket greats are silent in this issue, some are talking but only in favour of their country ......It seems that it is safer and easier to deny the future of cricket of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe... so no one bothers....but ICC should know millions of Bangladeshis are disturbed with this draft proposal.

  • karan1609 on January 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    The fact that India contributes 80% of ICC's revenues is a shame on the 'global' game of cricket... Also considering the per-capita of India, its a shame on India to contribute so much on a sport.. Its only fair that at least 21% of it comes to India.. Cricket isn't bigger than India...

  • karan1609 on January 25, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    BCCI contributes 80%, whereas asking only 21%. And people raising a hue and cry over it?? I am shocked it doesn't get this much till now ...

  • pjd_Howzat on January 25, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Put India in isolation - nothing good will come of that and the only looser will be India - just ask South Africa how many great players lost out because of 20 years in isolation. Maybe India needs to learn the hard way that cricket is a game for the people and not only for a select few

  • on January 25, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Bcci should understand the exact theme.sponsors generate the revenues.they do it for business not for patriotism.mostly all they are international brands.if you think we should leave Indian brands then what will happen ?i think you should know.

  • Leggie on January 25, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    @AnanRam; One can equally argue that had Sachin played McGrath and Warne regularly, he would have got used to their bowling and scored more. One can also counter the Cook example by showing how Jimmy Anderson was found out and Australia played him comfortably. Being "worked out* works for both batsman and bowlers. Honestly don't understand your logic to suddenly pull Sachin into this controversy and undermine his achievements. Clearly the issue being discussed is related to BCCI and their high handedness in dealing with world cricket. Let's not get into *what-if* analysis and digress away from the real issue.

  • on January 25, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Cricket should not be run like Divisions it is not club format it is Nations just like footbal. This proposal should be thrown in the bin.. O how I wish West Indies can rise and put a good licks on the (3) like they used to do...

  • Khans_word on January 25, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Simply not cricket! BCCI are truly wicked and ECB and ACB are greedy.

    My shout is to make a breakaway world ICC group. All nations are equally welcome like FIFA, with the exception of ECB, ACB and BCCI. They can go chuck pebbles at each other and bore fans to death.

    Say no to the power hungry tri-dictators!

  • PrasPunter on January 25, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    @Soumya, well said mate - let the icc do that once and see what happens. india will remain isolated for sure.

  • AnanRam on January 25, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Guys (Leggie and others) If Sachin had played more regularly against the bowlers of the calibre of McGrath and Warne, they would have worked him out like the back of the palm. See how Cook was worked over by Australia when they played him regularly. So the numbers do not tell all the story. I stand by my comments but I grant you may be five points- lets say he would have averaged 45!

    I can say the same of Sehwag and Ganguly too. Maybe Dravid and Laxman would have averaged same.

  • on January 25, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @r0ketman....Where are the revenues going to come from.. Canada... Afghanistan...Kenya...unless countries get money where are they going to develop the game. The game's globalisation started under Jagmohan Dalmiya..not Malcolm Speed or some other Long Room type...look at the number of associate countries playing today...way way more than earlier... the number of countries is increasing if you look at the world cups although they become boring, the fact is that cricket is a tough game to master so associates are gonna take more time...anyways if India wouldnt have given so much revenue to the ICC the game would have gone back to the 40s and 50s where it was when only Aus, Eng, WI and SA were around. If they are basically propping up the ICC and correspondingly world cricket then they have to have a say. If today India would stop playing internationally and only play in India then all the international players would make a beeline to India to play IPL...reality....not idealism...reality

  • Leggie on January 25, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @AnaRam: In the age of statistics available at the click of a button, how can you say that Sachin would have averages 40 vs Eng/Aus. He averages 55+. In fact at one stage, he averages more than 80 vs England, and 65 vs Australia. The last 2 years ruined the stats a bit. When you see how the current team is performing, you'll see how great a player he was!

  • Naleendra on January 25, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    The other nations should just let them form their 3CC and withdraw from the ICC and see how financially it is lucrative to see 3 nations play each other till thy kingdom come.

  • on January 25, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Whats next from BCCI? All cricket against Indian team has to be played at home, no fast bowlers allowed, 30 over powerplay, One short ball per an innings, boundary 60 meters, umpires from India. Otherwise India will not play. I say HELL YEAH.

    Will an international sports die because some one did not get their opinions granted? As a cricket fan, I foresee that if this restructuring takes place; it is bye bye cricketing.

  • Leggie on January 25, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    The way Indians are playing the ODIs abroad, they may as well stop playing abroad. For a while. the crass crowd that enjoys India's home wins will enjoy the ODI wins and records and home and the IPL. But once they realize what they're getting, they will stop paying for cricket, and it's then that BCCI will take a beating. Right now, they seem to be on a *high* for achieving very little on the basics. This attitude is bound to hurt at some point in time.

  • on January 25, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @AnanRam: sachin averages 55 plus in australia nd england.. How did u come to 40 average conclusion??

  • on January 25, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    In my humble opinion, if this draft is accepted at the meeting, then it is R.I.P to world cricket.

    I mean you take out the entertainment of Pakistan, Srilanka, West Indies and South Africa out of world cricket and just imagine what remains: India who cannot defend even 300: England and Australia who mostly play bore cricket without entertainment.

    But all this talk will be unfruitful as we all know that India will finally blackmail ICC financially. ICCwas and is and will remain BCCI puppet.

  • on January 25, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Suggestion to ICC, just say no once to BCCI. Let them pull out. Lets see if BCCI can afford India to not play matches. Indians do not support BCCI. Cricket can survive without India.

  • AltafPatel on January 25, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    haha. Never imagined some politics will rule cricket world ! Shame for cricket and sports.

  • on January 25, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Just check the result sof the pool "No its not good for cricket -28911" Insane numbers those please show this result to BCCI

  • Gloryof96 on January 25, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    If India can openly conspire with Aus and Eng, who is to say India didn't buy the last WC??

  • on January 25, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Try this. Organize one world cup without Indian Team and see how much revenue is generated ?? Demand of BCCI is totally valid. Before many years, other enjoyed power, now they have to taste their own medicine. This troubles them.

  • Gloryof96 on January 25, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Is the ICC and all the cricket boards there to make players rich and boards? NO

    They are to make the game better and it is a bi-product to ensure that boards get their fair dues and players get paid for it.

    No sport has to date and should be held to ransom like this, totally unacceptable. There is enough clout in India alone to form a breakaway.

  • on January 25, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    cricket was not a business.....u Indians have made it a business..... less crowd in uae was because it was Pakistan's actual home ground...... by simply judging the strength of crowd one can't say that all the powers should be with so called big 3......

  • mensan on January 25, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    This will not end here. Soon BCCI will refuse to play any cricket outside India. Then all world cups will be held in India. In next step, BCCI will select teams of their opponents, who they can play and who not against India.

  • AnanRam on January 25, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Can't even beat NZ. But India thinks it is in the big league.

    If they only played England and Australia, Tendulkar would have averaged 40 and Kapildev ould have got only 200 wickets.

    Money cannot buy talent.

  • dappasnappa533 on January 25, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    R.I.P ICC this surely is the beginning of the end. they suggested a two tier system with promotion or relegation to the top and bottom teams of each tier with the " big 3 " being exempt from relegation my question is what happens if all of these "big 3" end the last teams in the top tier who gets relegated then? surely not the bottom two teams in the top 3?...

  • on January 25, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    In india cricket following kids are millions together ..comparatively it need huge amount to build cricket facilities for them.. People here are arguing that a family with hundred members should eat same quantity of food as that of four members ..

  • on January 25, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    "The members were also made aware that under the new structure India would host at least one ICC tournament almost every two years, further enhancing its financial strength." Also enhancing the Indians chance of winning, as we are all well aware of their miserable record away from home. What a joke!

  • LSmith on January 25, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    ThePacifist10: you sound more pessimist...

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    I would suggest every board should get equal percentage of money that they india should get most and so on.... and 2 tier system with 4(tier 1) and 6(tier 2) teams.......last 2 teams for relegation (2tier) ..... Top 3(tier 1) like certain duration(2 years e.g) should stay in tier 1 for next season and an ICC event(top 10) with all the teams and team winning should fill the 4th spot of tier 1... this way every1 gets a chance(if 1 of top 4 win) let top 4 stay next season in (tier1)..... and perhaps World test championship between top3 (tier 1) ......

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    I think India should play cricket by themselves. The rest of the world can play the gentle mans game!

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    I believe India has right to take thier due share since they make most they should get most...... and the 2 tier system is more competitive but that should not mean if INDIA or AUS ,ENG should be immune from should be based on merit....if IND goes down the ranking they might not earn the same amount of money from sponsors or otherwise...but then they should try to keep their standards since they get all req money ..acc to me something like this should be done

  • on January 24, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    If rest of the countries get together then these 3 will be losers.....

  • on January 24, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Though as a cricket fan I hate this arm twisting and preferential treatment . I am enjoying observing the events as BCCI is pushing other boards to the brink bases on money power. I would like to see who all submit and who all take a stand . The fun part is major opponents of BCCI and official saviors of cricket ECB and CA are part of this evil plan too. Now let's see who the minions will complain to :)

  • r0ketman on January 24, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    @Rajendra Rele: Are you typing this with a straight face? These 3 want to make money to keep the game alive? Keeping the game alive means including more teams to make the sport more global. The stadiums in UAE are empty because it is not their team who is playing the game, trust me, the stadiums in Pakistan would not have been empty, nor would they have been if UAE was playing in UAE. For every sport to grow, it has to become a business? Soccer was doing fine before big bucks showed up in the game in the last 30 years, it became a global sport becuase India was never good enough in soccer (or any other sport beside cricket) to bully other teams away. Cricket had more participation in the previous world cups in the 70's, and 80's, before India took over. If you think the ICC is better off with these three teams, why not just start your own league of 3 teams? You can make all the money in the world just playing Eng, and AUS over and over again, just like in the 40's and 50's!

  • willmot on January 24, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    @Rajendra Rele, England vs Aus will always be priority matches in these 3 nations & as soon as Eng/Oz get a chance to drop Indians they will, anyone thinking otherwise is sadly mistaken.

  • SCC08 on January 24, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Then let them go.... Who do you think will come running back first when the Indian public can't watch their team play in the next WC event. Learn fast India / BCCI.. You don't rule the cricket world.

  • xmahinx on January 24, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Definitely India is making Cricket as a business. Such as IPL. Why they don't concern about game rather business??? Since IPL became commercial, the cricket is not being as a game. BCCI is trying to control everything just because of money? They supposed to arrange game based on Indian cricketers. So, this will prove how actually cricket works in Indian. BCCI don't know how to respect the world actually. This is why they are trying to do whatever they want and just because they are making cricket so commercial. Just pointless!!!

  • Sal76 on January 24, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    @ Rajendra Rele - PS: I am a Canadian of Indian descent and am very familiar with the pathetic state of cricket in Canada. If the big 3 really intend to develop the sport, Canada and other Associate nations would love the proposal, not that we really have a say. Unfortunately, that is not the case. This is purely about controlling the ICC. Yes I do agree that money is important for the development of the sport. but not at the cost of monotonous series where all you can watch is run fest after run fest on flat tracks. With the implementation of this proposal, I highly suspect BCCI will develop fast bouncy tracks at Wankhede and Eden Gardens. That would be some development. All that we will see, is more of India vs Sri Lanka in India. Really, wanna bet? I'll give you 10: 1 odds.

  • ozone8237 on January 24, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    ...glued to their TV screens and computers and laptops even to their big screen mobile cell phones. This is not the cricket of the 50'-70'-or even 90's don't underestimate the numberof fans by counting the number of empty seats in stadiums. We don't need a controversial UN security council like situation in ICC Veto Power and Blah Blah BCCI might be the biggest donor to ICC thats why they still have a little more say in the ICC matters and the other members let them have their way to an extent. If BCCI started getting out of ICC's revenues what they donated or contributed then whats the point? Lets say SA, NZ, WI or even Pak from whatever resources start contributing huge revenues to ICC thinking that we will get it back when it comes to splitting revenues then make them the Veto power holders too?? make them the big bosses as well and the eventually kill the spirit of the Game. May God insert some insanity into the boards of these three musketeers May God Bless the Spirit of Cricket.

  • Shajadul on January 24, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    This poor decision will destroy test cricket of BD and Zim. Teams like IRL, AFG, SCT will never flourish. Shame on Big 3. We expect more globalization of cricket. Plan accordingly so that we can more strong cricket playing nations. Instead, they are planning how to make more profit. India and other's doesn't play with their "A" team to make money; they play other teams to make money. We need to more strong teams in the pipeline to have competitive crickets. Big 3 has more responsibilities than hijacking the profit.

  • ozone8237 on January 24, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    NO NO NO!! to the proposal. You talk about India being the so-called world's biggest democracy right?? and England and Australia are democratic nations as well then why not just conduct a Refrendum in these three nations only and you will get your answer in Greatest Opposition let alone the rest of the other cricket playing nations. Huge amount of revnues and other lucrative deals is very positive and great benefits for the players are awsome but the soul of cricket and the entire structure of this lovely sports is at stake now. BCCI, AUS and ENG dragging the the issue to an extent where there will be no choice left but create an alternate to ICC. Die hard fans like to watch their heros combat with the oppossition in nail biting encounters. Empty stadiums in UAE were only in UAE and only in Test Matches since Pakistan currently have no choice but to arrange their home series away and UAE provides them the only suitable option. This is internet age check how many fans were

  • SanjivAwesome on January 24, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    The admistrators' begging bowls are out to get money earned by BCCI, CA and ECB. Instead, the other administrators should come up with their own self- sufficiency strategies.

  • aadi1295 on January 24, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    Let India walk away from ICC events. They would know how serious mistake they have done. I can bet that except India no other cricket country watched IPL after its first addition. after that they all would forget how was India in the game of cricket.

  • on January 24, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Rajendra rele and others. The real problem is not with the revenues although that is a part of it. What I find most sinister is the way in which power is being allocated within this system. I dont like the way in which the BCCI throws its weght around, even to the point of interfering with internal matters of some of the other boards. Why? Because they can. Because they have the money. Not because they are right but because they have might and might is right. Take the matter of their objection to Haroon Lorgat. They censured South Africa like a father censures his teenage children by making them aware f their financial dependence . What kind of a message is this? I am a dedicated cricket fan and player but I tell you that at 44 years old, I am willing to call it a day if this goes through. It sickens me to see cricket dragged through a political mine field where the playing fields are not level.

  • Sal76 on January 24, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    @Rajendra Rele - While I appreciate your business mindedness, I don't believe this is just about developing the sport. If it were, then I am sure none of the other boards would disagree. The problem is, you cannot have someone sign a blank agreement with a promise of a golden package. You have to show the golden package before one will sign the dotted line. The Big 3 may claim all they want, but until they put pen to paper, outline the 5-year plan that they intend to put into action to "develop the sport", it is extremely challenging to absorb their intent as being noble. Cross-subsidization has nothing to do with this draft proposal, empty stands notwithstanding. Here's a business term for you mate - COLLABORATION. I'd like to see the big 3 implement that and dilute their proposal in favour of this concept. Any takers?

  • CricketisKing on January 24, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    I see no issue with BCCI's stance on this issue. As they say "those who have the gold makes the rules". Tomorrow it may be some other country. For now it is BCCI, CA and ECB. Cricket is big business and played by professionals. Gone are the days when Test cricketers were amateurs. Now they play almost all year round. If not Tests, it is ODIs or T20s. Every board is a company unto itself and must look after their infrastructure and their employees. Indian players are well rewarded because BCCI is making a lot of money. BCCI is also smart in looking after itself and its employees They know that tomorrow someone else could become the ruler. They are making hay while the sun shines. Nothing wrong with it. BCCI never said they will not help other boards. In fact, they are willing to play all member nations. The member nations may protest but if BCCI asks them to come and play, they will drop everything to be at BCCI's feet.

  • on January 24, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    IND will not play outside of their country anymore. even if they do they will ask the opponent to make a spin track for them otherwise no cricket outside of India....

  • on January 24, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    I feel the winning of India in ICC tournaments is artificial or you may say planned by BCCI with ICC due to 80% revenue that generate BCCI with help of bookies.

  • meglio on January 24, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    I don't agree with the proposed changes either. However, do we not remember the DECADES when the English and Australian boards controlled EVERY aspect of the game? Made up rules to benefit only certain cricket boards. They could have cared less how the other countries were impacted by their decisions. Now the Indians are throwing around their considerable commercial might. This is just a continuation of what the Brits and Aussies started long ago.

  • techie77 on January 24, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    With all the people talking of 80% of revenue, one point for them to remember in that is that revenue is generated because there is an opposing team(country) playing with the Indian team or in case of IPL(stars from around the world). Needs 2 to tango.

    I think long term goal of these boards(atleast BCCI for sure) is to basically kill off the international schedule and just make cricket based around local circus leagues(IPL,BBL) maybe running for a longer period of time similar to some of the premier football leagues.(india loses everything overseas anyways). As in football, the international matches will only gain importance around some key events,championships. Just sad to see them sell off the future of Cricket as we have known in such a manner. You can see BCCI dont really have a goal to make India a world beating team,their whole emphasis is on the business operation to rake the biggest moolah and share the spoils.

  • mzm149 on January 24, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    @ProdigyA: India should better play with itself if every penny generated is to be used on it. I think there are two teams in a cricket match. When any team visits India, India should visit that country for equal matches in return. Otherwise both countries should divide gate money equally for each and every match played after giving some share to ICCfor sure. Otherwise how will they pay umpires, groundsmen and other officials etc.

    There should also be equality in number of matches between each and every team. For example if India plays 5 matches with say Australia it should also play 5 matches with South Africa home and abroad within a given period.

  • ProdigyA on January 24, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    9 out of 10 people here have not even read the article properly and are just there to hate BCCI, not matter what.

    Two aspects, First is that BCCI proposes to get rid of the FTP nonsense and have "ALL CRICKET BOARDS" play against the team they wish to play. I dont see anything wrong in this. If BCCI wants to play with only the strong teams, so be it. The other can still go ahead and play any other team they wish to.

    Second is that "EQUAL" share in revenue generation. Whats wrong in that? unless you are used to begging and too lazy to work hence want free social security money.

    Any news about BCCI lets just blame them. Lets blame them even for global warming.

  • mzm149 on January 24, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    @cricketsunami: When India generates that revenue you are talking about, does it play alone with itself?

  • on January 24, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    If some WI guys instead of going to the US to play baseball, basketball and football play cricket thats fantastic, things like the IPL will attract them...Pollard can easily get a baseball contract can Holder as a pitcher....all the Test afficionados on this page...what happened to the Test World champnship..its great for the game but broadcasters arent interested so there's no choice but to can it...we need a test what if these three boards in a year or two can bully broadcasters for a test gains.......when Pakistan plays in UAE the stadiums are empty.....its a disadvertisement for cricket...five days in front of empty fans on this board need to mature tremendously.....they see things in terms of bullying and power...its not that....its about making as much money as possible to keep the game alive...face it without these three there is no cricket....

  • on January 24, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    In every business the leading revenue earner gets the highest salary and fastest promotions...every sport to grow has to become a business...these proposals will only generate more money for world cricket and give more money for development. Apart from Ind, Eng and Aus where are the crowds, even in the Ind SA series recently there were empty stadiums, if revenues dont grow and the game doesnt develop it will only die out......Test cricket can remain alive for many many years due to the T20 revenue....thats cross subsidisation...another common business use revenue from one business stream to develop or support another one...In fact these changes are smart as the ones who are making the most money are getting power to even make more money and believe me they dont want to run cricket into the ground, they want to make more money to develop the game...they are correctly thinking like global businessmen.....decisions are being made for the future of the game...

  • ProdigyA on January 24, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Its funny how everybody keeps begging BCCI for a tour against their country but when needed will not hesitate to back stab them at every given opportunity.

    As an Indian, I want every penny generated by BCCI/India to be used for promotion of the cricket and other sports in India. Other sports are almost dead without money in the country. As for other countries who want a share from BCCI's pocket, time to stand up on your own now, enough of begging around.

  • on January 24, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Its all about money nothing betterment for sports. If unfortunately that is happened this day will black day of cricket [Sports].]. I hope BCCI,CA & ECB will be loser site.

  • on January 24, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Srinivasan should be thrown out of bcci along with his bcci members u r bringing lot of shame to us cricket is a global sport like every other sport and should be PLYD against every country not just two or three. Test cricket is best form of cricket not IPL circus. We don't want india to go American way they play all sports in their country and it's their invented sports, we have not invented cricket so who cares or watches ranjhi cricket very boring. We as fans of cricket want our team India to play against all countries all over the world. Srinivasan you are no one two decide about indian cricket and frankly if India is out of ICC then Indian cricket and our Bcci will become more poorer than pakistan or Sri Lankan or even Zimbabwean cricket board in few years. People see IPL cause there are lot of players from all over the world which makes IPL interesting without overseas players IPL will not survive and become dull and boring ...

  • ProdigyA on January 24, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    In such a large country like India but has only ONE sport, CRICKET. All the other sports are almost nonexistent why? Because there is no money, there are no sponsors, no support from anybody and are barely surviving from the support of the govt.

    The media blames BCCI at every given opportunity for not supporting the other games in the country. Where does the money come from? They even go to the extent of saying that BCCI is killing other sports in the country. Now the same media goes out on a nonstop rant against BCCI accusing them of killing cricket. What double standards from the Media, shame on them.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 24, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    @AdiyatAnan ...Good luck with that protest...

  • JetsFanInDenver on January 24, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    This is a justified reaction by BCCI, CA and ECB. These are 3 of the most efficiently managed cricket boards which have made sure that they are in good financial health. But that's not the case everywhere. So why should BCCI which generates 80% of the cricket revenue have to pay for the inefficiency and mismanagement of other boards. They should be allowed to keep a bigger chunk of the revenue so they can promote the game and improve infrastructure.

  • on January 24, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    You can see it clearly who maligned this great sport - and its just a start

  • boomslanger on January 24, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    More money, from where it exists. It might even introduce a new model to do so. But the world of Cricket is still in a stage of nascent growth as compared to the likes of soccer etc. If this situation manages to channel some money into Cricket, the long term gains for cricket and cricketing world will be tremendous! So, now fans from all over the world, not just India, put it in your pipes and smoke it. Only the model proposed currently shall attract finance and investments into cricket or else, cricket already a dying sport in the West Indies and second/third best in Australia and England, and hardly known elsewhere in the world shall die a quiet unnoticed death. To put it simply, the financial resources of the cricketing world has to be concentrated for the game to survive. Who cares if it is with the BCCI or the Irish Cricket Board...

  • HealthyCric on January 24, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    @Abdul Hameed -- Create WCC with out England, Aus and Ind? Then how much money you have left with like 1 to 5% of what we have now for all you??

    People are saying things about playing with out India but its practically impossible for at least a decade. On the other hand Indian team can still survive with out your so called WCC.

  • nibir78 on January 24, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    At every Live Cricket match, supports should show protesting banner, placards, posters against the dictators who are trying doom cricket by killing test matches and raise money by T20s.

  • vish2020 on January 24, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    India brings in 80 percent of cricketing revenue and when India asks little more to be kept then all of a sudden these other boards and fans have problem.. so ridiculous. India please stop get out of ICC. Just form your own thing as an independent and pay boards when they come to play for you and see ICC and other boards come begging

  • AdiyatAnan on January 24, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi, approach of BCB completely upset me. BCB is not financially poor, Bangladesh have more options to invest in cricket as well... neither Cricket is a single point less popular in Bangladesh than India... We are coming to the street of Dhaka tomorrow to protest BCCI's domination on ICC. Rest of the world just see what Bangladeshis can do !!!

  • sheru-sher on January 24, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Gradually but surely BCCI will be taking over World's cricket I expect that there will be 2 IPL's per year (4 months) and 1 Champions Club Tournament (1 Month) . During those tournmanrts all world cricket will shut down. During the other 7 months CA will paly BCCI will play ECB. Eventually ECB and CA will fall by the wayside and BCCI will control everything. Maybe then India will produce a genuine fast bowler.

  • marteen on January 24, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Why the big 3 (in terms of money, not considering performance) trying to deprive others from playing cricket? If money becomes important than the presence of other nations then cricket will automatically loose its attraction. As a result, revenue inflow will normally come down. Ultimately this step will ruin image, worldwide popularity and future of international cricket.

  • on January 24, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    When India had tough times surviving with financial burdens and England-Australia controlled the rooster it was all fine. Now that BCCI has got all the money they have a problem.

  • on January 24, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Thank you BCCI. You alongwith England and Australa; keep so called ICC in your Pocket and rest of us will form WCC(World Cricket Council).

  • hasib9 on January 24, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I think the other 7 full members and the associate countries should stop touring these 3 countries. People will be bored watching them play against each other. I won't watch those 3 countries, even if they play against my country, Bangladesh. Let's see how much revenue they generate without the rest of us, since the rest of us are not important at all.

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    I see most of the fans criticizing BCCI are from SL, Pak, Bang and SA. All belong to the countries who cant generate enough money to sustain their cricket activities and largely depend on India for survival of cricket. And they are the fans who dont lose any opportunity to spread their hatred for India and India cricket. Pure jealousy. I suggest them to start criticizing their own boards and people for not supporting cricket in their own countries. Get of the BCCI's back. I simply love Srinivasan for this brilliant move. Get Indian money back to India.

  • CricketLoversRuleTheWorld on January 24, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Doesn't matter whether Cricket is a global game or not... Money generate by Indians going out of India and Indians.. Better stop playing cricket..

  • on January 24, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Cricket is popular in India as this is the only sport in which we are something at world level.. IPL is fun but only for few weeks... We need more international test cricket.. without competition, there is no fun being the winner.. BCCI is trying to make cricket more exclusive than it already is.. very disappointed as an Indian..

  • Real_Champs on January 24, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    seems like its done and only RSA are against it...dont agree... oh Pakistan ..they will not go against it ..a bilateral series with India will make them to support this proposal NZ are already in favour of this same is the case of WIndies and S Lanka they too need money there financial position is also worst so get ready for oligarchy from a Pakistani Fan

  • Atish_Man on January 24, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    @Reyan khan perfect comment mate. Personally as a cricket fan i dont care who gets how much revenue. Coz even if bcci get millions i m not gonna get a single penny or a free ticket. All i want is competitive test cricket played by all 10 nations. I njoy when india plyas in aus , eng, sa, nz and other nations. Even if they loose i njoy cricket as a sport.

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Posted by ZedInLosAngles on (January 24, 2014, 7:38 GMT) Indians should start boycotting BCCI and any cricket games until this proposal is scrapped: AND WHY should any sane Indian fan do it. India needs money to build stadias, maintain it, train players, pay them well. Why should Indian boycott BCCI which is trying to keep money in India which is generated by mostly poor Indians? WHY? So that other incompetent/ lazy boards can enjoy free dole outs?

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Todd89 on (January 24, 2014, 10:11 GMT) If cricket is ever to become a global game: Cricket is never going to be a global game in its present form (Tests and ODIs). It has not become a global game in last 200 years, even when England was ruling the world and cricket was its premier sport. Other than the colonies cricket was never popular any where else. Reason? it is played for 5 days (tests) and whole day in ODIs. This is too slow and too little entertainment for people on the go. All globally popular games are finished within 2-3 hours. In that respect only T-20 has potential to become popular. So we should stop dreaming and being delusional.

  • Tiger_Fan on January 24, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    We cricket fans all arond the globe should oppose these proposal and create pressure to our respetive boards to strong oppose this outragous proposal of big 3. Let us be united to save the game from these power hungry money mongers.

    We can't efford to keep quite when they are killing the game. We love cricket let stNd for it. Make them fill heat. We must stand up, must I say. There is no time waste.

    This is a gentlemen's game and we keep it alive as global game. these shameless 3 must be stopped. The other cricketing countries must start discussion among themselves at once to stop them.

  • on January 24, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Same old same old by the decisions makers of cricket. Cricket will never be a true global game while everybody is looking after their little patch and not putting the sport first.

  • Tiger_Fan on January 24, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Liked your comment bro "Great, withdraw the Indian cricket team and see how happy the Indian players and fans will be. See how much money you'd get from the television rights. This reaction from the BCCI reminds me of a child taking his toys away from the other kids because they don't allow him to win all the time."-- well said

    They are making money because people wanted to see them playing with opponents so that their team can bring glory for their country, not just for entertainment, but for passion for the game and definately not to make them more rich. so there will only 2 teams to play with their people will definately loos interet on the game and the riches will soon vanish.

  • on January 24, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    A good opportunity to let BCCI pull out of ICC events, they are not that big that cricket will not survive without them. I say, lets call their bluff. I hope sanity prevails and they think about their childish behavior.

  • on January 24, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    IF BCCI, CA, & ECB want bigger share of revenues than it can be negotiated in ICC's meeting with all other member boards. BCCI generates a lot of money for ICC, so if they are demanding more money from ICC, then ICC should consider their demand, but taking over the administrative and executive control of ICC by the Big Three is not fair because Cricket is a game played and loved by millions of people outside these three countries so ICC's executive control should be managed by all the member Cricket boards equally. ICC represents the whole Cricketing World not just three Countries.

  • smjr on January 24, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    The proposed draft has no justification. BCCI is earning more thats why they demanding more power and share in ICC rules and regulation. But BCCI is not so rich in the decades of 70's 80's and 90's. Suppose in the years to come (may be decade or so) Pakistan , South Africa and Sri lanka also earning much money from cricket equal to BCCI then what happened then. Don't they then ask for more power in ICC affair. So where ICC , India, Aust and England are heading at present. India earning more at present did not guarantee that other countries will not earn more in future times to comes or time will stopped after 2014.

  • Venkatb on January 24, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    The prescription to regain sanity and decency in cricket is fairly simple - each country's Board requires about $ 30 Million in operating funds to run the game in their countries - any shortfall can be subsidized by the government. Then isolate India, ban players from playing in the IPL - some players will rebel and join the IPL - they will end up on the sidelines. All teams except India can play decent Tests and ODIs, and leave the vulgar form to India. Indians will not watch Indians play Indians - the game will lose support domestically, sponsors will flee. The end result would be 1. Sanity and decency is restored in cricket, 2. Indians will start supporting other sports, 3. Indians will become more productive by spending less time mindlessly watching cricket all the time, 4. India's GDP grows and it can gain international respect the genuine way.

  • Sal76 on January 24, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @John Firth - Slinging them out will not solve the problem. It will only make matters worse for the rest of the world and for cricket in general. Without the revenue, the already struggling boards will crumble and collapse. Cricket as we know it, will cease to exist. Whether we like it or not, this proposal will go through, and the big 3 bullies know it, the BCCI knows it for sure, which is why they are so adamant. As far as the IPL failing is concerned, I disagree completely. The only players missed in the IPL would be a handful of Saffers, a few Kiwis, Gayle, Pollard and Bravo. They will be compensated for by the English players signing up as ECB will remove the restrictions on ECB contracted players. I think, if anything, the IPL will profit further, or at worse remain intact as is.

  • on January 24, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Not good for cricket

  • on January 24, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    this whole idea will be a disaster to essence to international cricket. ALL SUCH EFFORTS should strongly be refused and rejected. If this let to happen, tomorrow SOUTH AFRICA will make a union and step up with new plan, day after Pakistan sri lanka , then on and on. All this drama will directly effect the cricket, players and the spirit of games . Let cricket be an entertainment for us. If you wana play politics , play in your own countries.

  • keptalittlelow on January 24, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    All the weaker teams should rally around the best team in the world South Africa who is leading the fight against these new proposals from BCCI,ECB and CA. I am sure the majority will support the fairness.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    people Poll The proposed revamp of the ICC is, Good for cricket 8.08% 2514 Not good for cricket 79.04% 24585 Dont care, as long as the sport is played fairly 12.88% 4006

    Total votes: 31105

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    BCB president spoke to media after a in house meeting with BCB official. From the reaction of BCB boss , it is clear that the Indo-British-Aussie proposal is not going to bring any good for the new and emerging cricketing nations across the world. But still BCB boss is not ready make a comment on the upcoming proposal rather he commented that he is going to learn and discuss all pros and cons with ICC members in the upcoming meeting of ICC. I am not sure why our BCB president is waiting for that discussion to make Bangladesh position clear to other nations. No way we should support a group within ICC who have role like "security council" in the United Nations. Rather if India, England and Australia would like to make a parallel body let them do that. All though they are the most solvent boards having rich leagues with finance and structures but no way rest of the world should bow down to them. PAK, WI, SL are world champs along with others. BCB should be with the greater world..

  • RRS1021 on January 24, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    What BCCI wants is just ridiculous. The cricket should not be divided. All countries must have equal say. If BCCI rakes in money, let it spend it usefully first in India, which it has failed to do. Let BCCI seek some other power from ICC, not, dividing the nations based on money power.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    just shame on BCCI, really it is shock for all cricket fans raising all over the world

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    This is a very dangerous game BCCI is playing. If a full member Of ICC is generating the most revenue, it does not mean that they should be given a veto power in ICC decision making. Other cricketing Boards should oppose to this proposal. The influx of money has already destroyed the gentle nature of the game.

  • Sal76 on January 24, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Last night, I called for everyone to boycott the remaining Aus, Eng, India games in the current series that are ongoing. I was determined to not watch but gave in. Fact is, when it comes to cricket fans, we all want to watch entertaining cricket. That's what has made the IPL the whole T20 model a success. The Aus-Eng 4th ODI did not even have a full stadium despite the dress-up incentive. Have we ever seen any games where India plays and the stadia are devoid of fans in the stands? No. Sad but true, this is why BCCI is the richest board today. If cricket is to succeed, the richest board(s) will have to lead the way. Unfortunately, today they are doing so as bullies. Tomorrow could be another matter. The remaining boards should act with patience. They should accept the proposal for now and slowly creep in amendments in the future. It is possible, but if they try to force the bullies' hand right now, it might not end up so pretty for the rest of the world. Sad, but true.

  • 200ondebut on January 24, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    What has been happening is that BCCI in essence controls all the other ICC members that were dependent on the money India bring into the game. Eng and Aus are the only two that don't fall into this category and as such this change dilutes Indias control of the ICC between three Countries.

    No point crying about what has been happening for many years but has now been expressly said.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Sling them out then. The IPL will fail with no overseas players, and there goes the BCCI's money.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    the only one sport that was flourishing in india, and look at what they are trying to do to it! shame on BCCI; ex cricketers and the fans should come forward to stop this

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Bottm line for me is that MONEY HAS MORE SAY THAN SPORT(cricket). :( it doesnt matter how tallented your team is, if your board is not WEALTHY then you dont have a say. this proposal is extreme rubish, and it shows the defination of EQUALITY in current world.

    I hate the day when big money deals started to come in cricket, now we are started to get the results of that slow virus(big money).

    looks like the day's are not far away when tournaments wining position will be available to buy.

  • mzm149 on January 24, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    I wish to see ICC events without participation of India. Why not start with Asia Cup? What will happen the most. The events will not be that profitable. So what? Someone has to take a step some time. It will be tough in the beginning but then it will be easy. BCCI will learn its lesson. Who the hell are they to threaten other boards.

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    BIG3 - it is Cricket that generates money, not BCCI, CA or ECB.... So let the cricket happen instead business Or lets ask BCCI to bring money for Hockey or Kabaddi? #NoToBIG3

  • muxa on January 24, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    shame on b.c.c.i,they want to turn cricket into ipl (which i dont think any one outside india watch anymore excluding first season which was great)..i think cricket fans will turn into football fans now and from go team india to ..go bcci go...

  • Naresh28 on January 24, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Politics and money is ruining the ICC. IND and ENG are the ones who want this change. I dont think AUST will accept this. All member countries are entitled to have a say. AUST will side with NZ,SA,PAK,SL,WI and BAN. This PACKER like takeover of cricket should be stopped. Why create blocks. Indian Fan

  • Wise_Cricket_Fan on January 24, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    My suggestion to "Big Three"- You can sign up with China & include them in your unit & call it "Big 4". Because anyways performance is definitely not the rational behind "Big"

  • Starboomber on January 24, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Let them have their money and leave our gsme alone...

  • Tiger_Fan on January 24, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    This is a sport not a business. A world body that governs a sport works for the betterment of the game around the world, should be run by reprresentatives from around the world who loves the sport, whereas BIG 3 wants to run ICC as a money making machine.

    Beware in most times greed destroys business too. what will you 3 do then? If people lose interest the game will die as a world sport.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 24, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Dnt you expect this from BCCI? Smaller boards getting bullied doesn't surprise me at all. Its very hard to predict what future holds. Now there will be a formal window for tournaments like ipl. And yes expect Test cricket to be crippled, only teams that pull crowds to the stadium will play test cricket, there may not be tests at all in Zimbabwe or UAE, these teams will play only bilateral away series subject to TRPs. Feel sorry for associate nations, Ireland or Afghanistan may never get to become full members because that will only increase revenue sharing parties.

  • Green_and_Gold on January 24, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Im all for proposals being introduced and discussed (even if they are controversial) however i am completely against the actions shown by the BCCI. Its a shame that India hold that level of power because I cant see other boards standing up to them. Its ironic cause i also cant see India not playing in the next world cup regardless of the outcome of this vote.

  • Hawk_Pk on January 24, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    BCCI wants to cut the golden egg laying chicken to get all the eggs at once..

  • Arrow011 on January 24, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    BCCI is run by messiah of cricket Mr. Srinivasan, he will only do good. When India alone pumps 80% of ICC revenue, why the hell should India suffer for cheap, poor country boards? Just imagine if India keeps its share inside India & the ICC will be broke to stop cricket forever. India rules cricket, like it or leave it.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    BCCI is not the power they think they are! If all stand up against them, the will have nothing. Their IPL's success is made by overseas players, not Indian players. CA and ECB will eventually get tired of BCCI and their demands and leave them. Then they are alone with a mediocre IPL and no one to play against.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Just comes to show that they are more interested in power than the future of cricket. Imagine if the draft goes through and they get higher authority, the other full members would be forced to accept their decisions. What a shame!

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on January 24, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    The emotional responses to these changes are not warranted. Yes, on the surface the seven other boards will lose out. But people have to understand at the moment the ICC is just a nothing organisation. It is completely toothless.

    What the new plan means is MORE money to the other nations because of MORE meaningful fixturing. Pakistan for instance will be able to play home and away test series, one dayers, the whole enchilada against India. This means they will be rolling in the cash.

    The changes will happen because everyone, bar South Africa, is in India's pocket. If they do not vote for this, they will be shut out. South Africa would probably be a part of the new board of control according to Wally Edwards of Cricket Australia but for their troublesome CEO.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Start of a breakup in Cricket. I see two leagues building up soon. enough of this BCCI thuggery.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    I see here only revenue and taking control is the cause of new proposal?! Think widely and target should be "How we spread cricket world wide with in short time'' What is FIFA doing and what ICC is doing !!! It is time to learn from FIFA.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Actually I am not so good at cricket right now, last time I went to Bangladesh I was defeated. Couldn't reach Asia Cup Final. Losing against Newzealand very comprehensively. I only win when I play at home, that is also sometimes. However, I earn a lot of money. So, please announce me no.1 in cricket and let me control the fate of the game.

  • concerned_cricketer on January 24, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    @Nawab67, I was born and brought up in Kerala. In Ernakulam, Kaloor, Deshabhimani Road to be precise. I was privileged to be born in the same year as the god himself - 1973. Held a cricket bat for the first time when I was 5 and was a lover of the game from then on. I don't know why this is relevant to you but there - you have all the details.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Enough damage has already been done to cricket by IPL. If this proposal is accepted, Cricket will die a sudden death. I can just hope it does not happen.

  • vippy88 on January 24, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    As an Indian Fan, I am disgusted with this methodology of BCCI. If this goes ahead, I will stop watching cricket. It will just not be the same. Period.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    A few days back, Pakistan team took brave step to go for the chase and came up with the glory. I would love to see a brave step taken by PCB also by going against all this non-sense at any cost. I don`t expect Zaka Ashraf going against India as I did not expect Pakistan to go for the target. The team proved me wrong, hope the chairman PCB does the same.

  • krishsatheesh on January 24, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    This is a fair call from BCCI,ACB and ECB, when they bring major money, why it is has to be shared in equal, just because you are a full member nation. It is simple, if it is a family do we do the same thing, I bring a lot of money do I share equally with other family members or relatives... it is a very simple equation. If other board wants to be cash rich improve your standard, why the big three has to feed nations cricket run by politicians and they eat all the money... I know it happens in many test playing asian, carribean, african etc,... I think it is a good move for the development of cricket, Other countries has to develop their own money rather than depending on the biggies...

  • hash125 on January 24, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    We have seen the CA & ECB hold all the rights to cricket management in the past which didn't helped the Cricket to be flourished. Introduction of ICC breaks free from the lordship and the captivity which helped the cricket at large.

    BCCI shouldn't forget this that they have all this money talking because of current ICC rules and regulation. ICC is doing very very good to helped minor countries to developed their game and helping them to become the full member.

    InShort this proposal is alll about "" ME ME ME, but not cricket """

  • Tigg on January 24, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Let 'em leave. As long as the other members shun india they will have to come crawling back to the fold.

    If the other boards have a spine they will tell india where to go.

  • swat1999 on January 24, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    India must improve its cricket first before take control of ICC. Its a shamefull move for India. as an Indian supporter i dont like Indian move

  • Todd89 on January 24, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    If cricket is ever to become a global game the BCCI needs to be reigned in and if that is to cut them lose from international cricket for a period then so be it. The damage will be felt by both parties and with ECB and CA unlikely to share quite the same resolve as the BCCI both parties will be able to continue financially operating.

    The damage of maintaining the BCCI is obvious with their boycott of SA games a result of SA investment into spreading the game to USA. The BCCI will try maintain their monopoly at any cost to the game and with the direction they're going once they succeed it does not take much to imagine them bleeding the game dry.

    As it is we will soon see how far the corruption in cricket has spread because we all know this is not in the interest of many of the voting parties but more than likely there is a few already lining their pockets with promises of gold.

  • keptalittlelow on January 24, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    I beg ICC not to succumb to these tactics by BCCI, please think of larger interest of the game than just pleasing one powerful member. We all want to see India as part of the whole setup but if BCCI insists for not being one of us then so be it. ECB and CA are just the opportunists.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    If this goes thru I dream of this thing happening… WCC (World Cricket Council) is formed with all the other cricket playing nations including Nepal, PNG, the Netherlands, Ireland, Malaysia, Hongkong, etc. etc. All equal members.. no Test playing and non-Test playing nations. All the countries playing ODIs, T20s, Test matches against each other. All the members boycott BCCI, CA and ECB and have no cricketing relations at all. Ostracized for good from the civilized democratic cricketing world!!!

  • Vic010 on January 24, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    The boards who vote against this will not play against India for the foreseeable future and India will threaten ICC tournaments, as has been stated. That's how the BCCI will get this through, blackmail. That's how they work. Frightened of the Woolf report weren't they. I wonder why? Such a shame. I'd like the other boards to break away and form their own organisation. See how the England, India & OZ like playing each other all the time, but it won't happen.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Who cares anyway. They have destroyed our game anyway. International players only care about money now. India cannot perform out of India. Look at their pathetic performances in SA and NZ. Let them take bat and ball. They can play amongst themselves in India can't they.

    Good rid dens.

  • madras_boy on January 24, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    When BCCI helps ICC to generate 80% of their revenue, why cant BCCI be given more power ?

  • zoot364 on January 24, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    There you have it, the driving force behind these proposals revealed for all to see: the bullying power of the BCCI. There is only one way to deal with bullies...

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on January 24, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    When india says that they should be allocated the biggest possible chunk of ICC revenues then they are absolutely right. They are generating money and they should be given the money back as well. However this attitude of BCCI is sheer blackmail. In my opinion they are now just abusing the power that they have earned. Cricket will become just like football where the only time when someone cares about the international competitions is World Cup. When that is gone everyone is busy following the club of his/her choice. I am not very keen on following cricket where Otago is playing Mumbai Indians or Faisalabad Wolves or Perth Scorchers. I like to see Pakistan vs India. I like to see Zimbabwe beating Pakistan or India. I will stay awake whole night to see Afghanistan beating Australia. All these gem of moments will only happen when the Cricket is run like a gentleman's game instead of a corporate business.

  • shafiqul_alam2000 on January 24, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    It is totally disgusting proposal....even Indian, Australian or British people will not support this proposal. If India do not want to participate in the T20 World Cup...let them do it. If they are not part of the ICC....nothing will happened to cricket...that will destroy their cricket. 7 other test nations should be kicked out big three brother...then we will see how they can earn money. It is time to speak thanks to Pakistan, Srilanka and South African cricket board for their courage to speak against the black proposal. Bangaldesh have no guts to support Pakistan, Srilanka and South Africa even they are going to be the biggest victim ........I express my disgust towards Bangladesh Cricket Board.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    It is high time India should be suspended from ICC. Others should get-together and plan for more tours between them and raise funds to run the game. Shame on India

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Unfortunately, a new international cricket body,without England, Australia & India is not economically viable. Such an organisation will become financially anemic & die in a few years. Or, if they try to run it as a low-cost-low-wages group, to exist financially, their players will quit, giving some excuse, and will migrate or become mercenaries in England or Australia. Like KP, Morgan, Ballance, Stokes, Khawaja and the like. Look at the England team playing in OZ now; one will understand what I am talking about.

    On the contrary, the big three can still sustain & thrive on their own. They are fully aware of it. And, they are colluding like a cartel and trying to reap the 'superior rent', as the economists call it.

    All these are happening, since cricket has transformed into 'rent seeking' enterprises, the seeds of which were sown by Kerry Packer, aided and abetted by many great cricketers of that time.

    For a cricket lover, it is a painful thought! And, it wasn't easy to write this.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    @IndianSRTfan, bulls-eye mate! But I disagree with you on certain issues. Exemption from relegation is one of them. I support it. If India gets relegated to a 2nd tier, revenues will be lost. The way Dhoni is blatantly playing politics on the field, I won't be surprised if India gets beaten consistently. So, it is in the best interests of cricket to always give India this immunity against relegation.

    While I support this draft on the whole, there are some areas like mentioned above that need to be discussed in some greater detail at the next meeting. I hope BCCI and its friends will discuss those specific areas across the table and come to a practically useful agreement. Otherwise, the pages are turning fast and I strongly feel that the Big 3 will break-away and take lot of members with them to form a new organisation. The better thing to do is to pass these proposals without the need for another new organisation. There's no stopping these 3 boards. Just wait and watch.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    How many countries play cricket today as full members of ICC? Not more than ten. In such a situation having a security council like arrangement in ICC would be fundamentally discriminatory. Those who aspire to b members of such a committee I humbly request to them pl get their desire to have parental role from some other forum and do not infiltrate politics into the governing body of world cricket.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    BCCI is simply plunging itself into a situation where other boards will be compelled to speak against the dictatorial regime and it will be cricket as a game which will be at loss.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    the big three will never get benifit from this purposal ... they r not thinking about their fans their own people never accept that,,,,

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    India not playing well in overseas so they try bring the game own back yard. how coward is that

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Being a Bangladesh cricket fan i was surprised that India and Australia wanted us out. England lost it's power in ICC desperate to be the boss as rulers. But not expected India. Bangladesh cricket team does not get enough tests to climb the ranking. Please don't do this to us. This the only thing that keeps the nation going . Please please.

  • VB_Says on January 24, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Except for revenue sharing and bilateral tours planning, all else is just too medieval thinking. Why do we require ICC if this proposal is accepted? BCCI, CA & ECB want to run a private cricket circle I guess. Instead of promoting the sport to more nations, it would only stunt the growth and popularity.

    What can be done is to have tiered teams (06 per tier) playing Test championship over a 3-year tenure as per FTP on a promotion/relegation basis. The 4th & 5th year can then be left for bilateral tours, World Cups (50-over, 20-over) and other tournaments like Champions Trophy.

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Glad to see so many Indian fans opposing the motion! you guys won my respect! I believe we all are die heart followers of cricket! and we are proud follower of game where passion and high moral ground matters than money! Where spirit of game matter more than winning it! Great examples are set by batsmen such as legendary Sachin Tendulkar who leaves ground before umpire make wrong decision. I hope it is for the best of cricket to follow the spirit rather than money. Pakistani fan!

  • Harmony111 on January 24, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Those who are opposing this proposal, have they even read it well? What is wrong is BCCI asks that it be compensated in proportion to what it contributes to ICC. What is wrong there?

    Barring Eng & Aus, the other boards contribute a laughable amount to the ICC revenue. Yet, when it comes to distribution of the wealth, they suddenly want parity. How is this fair? How can anyone defend this?

    For every Rs 100 earned by ICC, India get them Rs 80 while SL get them Rs 2 but when it comes to profit sharing, SL say that if they are being paid Rs 10 then BCCI too must be paid Rs 10.

    Smaller boards will say that they have smaller populations so they can't get as much revenue as India. Fine. But by the same logic, India need more money cos they need to take the game to more people. They need to build and maintain more stadia, train more players etc etc. India give you more money and Ind needs more money.

    Relegation exception sounds bad what who wants another WC like 2007?

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @Impose: I dont understand you comment! Are you saying cricket has been dictated by the goras since inception? At least for the past decade, "World Cricket" is being dictated by BCCI and to a lesser degree by ECB and the CA! The current proposal basically is discrimination against the smaller boards and will make "World Cricket" the private property of the three boards and to a large extent BCCI! Look at the past record, over the last decade. BCCI has not respect the FTP for who knows how long! I'm just appalled and saddened by the mindset. This is blackmail of the highest degree. I guess this is where the world generally stands, the rich become richer and the poor become poorer! Amazing! And i have the utmost respect for the Indian fans against this proposal, they are not just fans of Indian cricket but they are the real fans of the Game called "Cricket" ! Bycott the three teams, they can play against each other all they want and any player playing in the local competition be banned!

  • shafiqul_alam2000 on January 24, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    It is totally disgusting proposal....even Indian, Australian or British people will not support this proposal. If India do not want to participate in the T20 World Cup...let them do it. If they are not part of the ICC....nothing will happened to cricket...that will destroy their cricket. 7 other test nations should be kicked out big three brother...then we will see how they can earn money. It is time to speak thanks to Pakistan, Srilanka and South African cricket board for their courage to speak against the black proposal. Bangaldesh have no guts to support Pakistan, Srilanka and South Africa even they are going to be the biggest victim ........I express my disgust towards Bangladesh Cricket Board.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    @Ray24, what is this genuine Indian fan? So, is there something like a duplicate Indian fan? lol! Go slow mate! So NZ are pragmatic. No? I will not be surprised if this proposal gets a thumping majority. Just wait and watch. I'm not disputing the words that you want to give to these developments - politics, arrogance, dictatorship, business or what have you. Just realize that this is a professional sport played for name, fame and money. And it's a business mate. BCCI is strong not because it has people in it from Planet Mars but because the people in our country have craze for cricket and made BCCI strong. If BCCI's strength is what is bothering others, then why don't they go buy tickets and make their boards strong too instead of venting their anger that BCCI is strong? These angry people should first realize that it's the people that make a country or a board strong. They failed their boards. No point in crying on BCCI's strength. BCCI is not an evil incarnate. It helps others a lot.

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Now is the time money rules. since india provides the major share in icc income, so they can say whatever they wish. but the question is qhy do they still need icc? why do they think to share their money with others? they should rather go to abolish icc and call all cricketing countries to be members of bcci.

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Who have ever thought that such a security council like formation will one day look possible in sports administration as well! I have only one sentence "This is not cricket". Shame on BCCI and the other two. This coming from a die hard Indian fan.

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    This is the reason NO BODY aside from Indians watch cricket anymore :|

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    They are going the same path South Africa went in 1970 when they wanted unethical conducts to rule cricket. The media is too large and BCCI might get banned from international scene due to Boards Boycotting with them. SHAMEFUL ABSOLUTE ABOMINATION OF SPORTING VALUES

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    It's a complete blackmailing from BCCI to ICC not participate in any ICC event if this radical proposition not passed in their favour. BCCI for god sake leave the game of cricket free from POLITICS please.

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    @ThePacifist10 No sentiments, if you want to lock horn, then go to local village playground, do it . People are not able to understand from where funds are coming. ICC world Cup makes 11 mn dollars, India makes this in 2 one day Internationals. We Indians need better revenue sharing because 80% of revenue generated by India. We can not dance to the whims & fancies of SL, Pak, SA etc. We readers only consider matches played. from where those money is coming to run these matches. Look at recent matches against Pak & SL, empty stadium, with big ego. GO SRINI GO, GO BCCI GO....! that is the way forward.

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Who are these BCCI to boss around...Cricket is not just played in India!!!! Bloody money talking and not the game!!!! They have made cricket into entertainment business!!!

  • Vic010 on January 24, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    The silence by CA & the ECB says so much in this case. Talk about sold out wow. Gutless wonders they both are. Money makes the world go round & it's about time somebody got a backbone like CSA, in this case, and actually stand up to the BCCI.

  • FhassanBD on January 24, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    so cricket is all about money?! the passion, our excitement, our joy means nothing to them? unbelievable!

  • Ray24 on January 24, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara - as usual your comment is demeaning and worthless. NZ board has said this as they are too afraid to stand up for them selves. SA, SL, Pak have opposed this, many genuine Indian fans are opposing this, so there must be some logic to it. This will come to bite BCCI very soon. Mark my words, this game is headed for destruction as only three nations will be playing and the others will be sidelined.

  • Impose on January 24, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Just compare Cricket with NFL, NBA, NHL and Baseball in the USA and all this money in Cricket and BCCI in particular, pales to an inferior cousin who lives in hopeless poverty. All the above leagues in America do not care if they play alone and each of these leagues makes 100 times more money than BCCI. Unfortunately, in India after more than 200 years of colonial rule there is hardly any spine left and will not exist for a few more generations, to stand up to the white bullies. Bottom line money talks and if you want to be heard then you gotta be powerful and rich. BCCI is hardly rich by global standards, so it should give 2 hoots to the rest of the Crickets boards and lure the players with more money and all these boards/players will fall in line. If Cricket has to go anywhere then you need one single powerful leader and you go places, else it becomes just another "also ran".

  • Perplexed on January 24, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Great, withdraw the Indian cricket team and see how happy the Indian players and fans will be. See how much money you'd get from the television rights. This reaction from the BCCI reminds me of a child taking his toys away from the other kids because they don't allow him to win all the time.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ThePacifist10, I don't think it is fair to call out on those 5 good blokes. It's like you are putting them in a compromising situation. Whatever they say, they will be castigated. Damned if you do. Damned if you don't. I think we should just let them live their lives with their families. They played with integrity and carried out their duties just like Michael Hussey, King Kallis and many others. They can't be held hostage for somebody else's good or bad proposals.

  • oceancric on January 24, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    BCCI wants to control Cricket affairs and to blackmail other boards. They are also afraid of playing international tours. So it would be appropriate if india goes on with its decision and should play on home to entertain its public on dead flat tracks with their great bowlers and batsmen like Ishant sharma and sharma

  • Samirtt on January 24, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    This is just shameful. Goes against all ethics and morality. I am not sure what India is trying to achieve here??

  • smjr on January 24, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Australia, England and India think they earn more that is why they want more powers in ICC. But let us do analysis and it should be made public about how much England, Australia and India earn individually since the inception of T-20 leagues and how much they earn before T-20 cricket(from test matches and ODI). I am sure the T-20 league bring more commercialization into cricket and also money. If that is the case then Aust, Eng, and india to please take powers in ICC for the T-20 cricket ONLY but please do not think for taking powers for deciding the fate of test matches cricket (i.e two tier system etc) as test matches are being played since 1877. As far as ODI is concerned it is being played since 1971and it should also not be grabbed by Aust, Eng and India. All 7 boards should go to the international court of sports in switzerland sooner than later.

  • ZakiY on January 24, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Unfortunately, it is a segregation policy dictated by India, Australia and England. One may also term it as novel, yet undignified form of apartheid in cricket. This sport, as all we knew it as glorious game of cricket would surely lose its charm to its fans worldwide. This might also lead to fragmentation of ICC. We do not want another caste system in cricket.

    What a disgraceful betrayal and disservice by Bangladesh Cricket Board towards its fans, players and newcomers!

  • Shiw on January 24, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    That's the money doing the talk. And no doubt the money will prevail. Gone are the days when cricket was game of gentlemen. Its all business!

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    It's something like patenting Cricket. But sports can't be patented. We will take this new plan, if passed, to court. BCCI and Cricket Australia have already done great damages to the gentlemen game of cricket by commercializing it. Further damage should not be tolerated. Lets someone open a Facebook account to oppose the new plan and we will see how many cricket lovers oppose the new plan.

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Finally SLC take a correct decision, they will refuse this proposal

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on January 24, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Indians should start boycotting BCCI and any cricket games until this proposal is scrapped.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 24, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    BCCI may find themselves self-isolated if this threat is followed through with. While India are the most populous country in cricket, cricket will survive without them, as it did before they started playing the game. India needs test cricket more than test cricket needs India and if they are going to behave like this, then it is high time that they were cut out.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    And also, our friends New Zealand aren't a rich cricket board. But they are very warm, nice and practical people. When they are able to see positives in this proposal, what's wrong with other bankrupt boards like SLC and PCB? I hope our Kiwi brothers put some sense into those revolting boards. CSA will be left in the cold I guess.

  • dewanjee on January 24, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Respected ICC and BCCI Management,

    Please, for the sake of cricket itself, STOP any further innovative approaches of making cricket a better commodity; STOP the process of taking the sporting spirit away from the game. Enough damage to the reputation and dignity of the game have been done already, now STOP killing the golden goose altogether.

    regards, a cricket fan.

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    this is a step to weed out the CSA from the powerplay group and to show to the world if you mess with us we will eliminate and side line you. This should not be done in the next phase if there is any contradiction the BCCI will do the same to ECB and ACB. we need to save the game from politics if not then this is the end of cricket.

  • Cricket_Man on January 24, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    I would not watch cricket anymore if such a move takes place. I hope others do the same. A dictatorial mindset in the 21st century isn't what we want. Cricket is already a game with very few nations and after this move nations like South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri lanka would lose interest in cricket. We want cricket to grow and not self-destruct itself.

  • priceless1 on January 24, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    I wont be surprised if SLC vote in favor of the proposal ,

  • Samdanh on January 24, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Let rest of the Nations stand together and put BCCI in its place. Let BCCI focus on their domestic tourneys. BCCI has provided a geat opportunity. Rest of the nations, please grasp and sideline BCCI

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    How someone gonna read the history of cricket in the future : " Once upon a time cricket was a game of gentleman then India started dictating the game itself and things just turned around"

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    So the BCCI is saying that if they don't get their way they will pick up their bat and ball and go home? Very grown up of them.

  • bhakbhak on January 24, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I really hope India goes ahead, the proposal gets rejected, and India pulls out of all ICC events. Would be nice to see more sports played and watched in India other than cricket. :)

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    After being thrashed by SA & now in first two ODI's, BCCI next demand would be that either we will play only home series or the host nation should import pitches from India otherwise we will not play.

    Simply non-sense from BCCI.

  • London_Meistry on January 24, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    CSA has spoken, it seems WI is putting money first, NZ has spoken as well, I just wonder what the likes of Tendulka, Dravid thinks of this idea. Not forgetting the former greats of the game from this so called big 3. Waugh, Warne, Laxman, Hussain, Pollock, Wessel, Sir. V.Richards. They have built a legacy for the game, it seems it is about to be taken away by greedy administrators. Surely they must have a say in all this???

  • stormy16 on January 24, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    I can understand the money issue and the BCCI generating more funds is probably entitled to a higher portion of the distribution. Arguments based on population is simply not going to work but if the issue is revenue distribution lets debate that. I dont see why based on the revenue distribution argument, 3 super powers need to be created? What's more the power given to these three boards is simply not accptable neither is the BCCI's ability to pick and chose opponents and hosting ICC events. Also that the "big 3" cannot be demoted to the proposed lower tier, surely this is challenging the very essence of competition. That amounts to plan and simple 'unfair play' and its just not cricket. Revenue distribution yes the BCCI has a point but the rest should be a fair competition of home and away just like in any other competition. You cant just play finals all the time, you must win through the ranks to get to the final and if you lose you dont make the final!

  • pa5rth on January 24, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Being an indian i am against this idea BCCI already has quite a lot of money to spend from ipl,champion league which is enough .On the other hand i am bored of india playing in india no respite for the bowlers.Only 2 test in south africa ,2 test in newzealand are quite less, i would love to see india playing in swinging pitches rather than in spinning wickets.

  • sirnayem on January 24, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. you are the cricket hero's! you have respect of the whole world , pls come ahead and advise what is best for the cricket!

  • OttawaRocks on January 24, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Interestingly, a nice analogy in the sport of boxing explains the current cricket crisis quite well. In the 1970s, after Ali's initial dealings, boxers flocked to Don King to promote their fights, despite being wary that the man might be the biggest crook the sport had ever seen. Nevertheless, boxers continued to sign with King year after year. Why? Because King paid twice as much as any competing promoter. Cricket finds itself in the same sort of power struggle. The BCCI is making the boards of the other 9 test playing nations bow down to them since they are capable of offering the largest purse that any of these boards will ever see. Quite frankly, at the sign of any revolt, the BCCI simply pays the revolting board double their normal fee and the revolting board tows the line almost instantly. That's where cricket's at.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Getting fair share of money generated is one thing and controlling the whole game of cricket is another.Cost structure and fair distribution can easily be fixed.This is about total control.Have a bilateral Ind Pak series and both countries would generate lot of money.Aus Eng does the same and for that matter any competitive team would do the same.Remember Loyd,Greenidge,Fredricks et all thrashing Australia in Australia.This kind of team would attract crowds anywhere in the world.Please Tendulkar,Richards,Imran,Warnes of cricket world come forward and say something about this insanity.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    contd... 7. People might see BCCI's bully behaviour and force it to change or they might see ICC as acting against India which generates the biggest revenue for them. But this will affect relations big time and BCCI will be licking its wounds waiting for opportunities to hit back. 8. On the flip side, BCCI can make IPL an all year tournament and eliminate board NOC for players. It's lucrative field might attract best players to it and risk killing cricket in those countries anyway. Though the BCCI can't survive on IPL alone, it can effectively kill cricket abroad by manipulating things from Indian shores. This is getting too dramatic and fictional.

    But a logical solution still evades us. Short of knocking some sense into BCCI, literally, the future of cricket as a global sport is in danger.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    @Nawab67 ,

    You are talking like a fool.. What benefit does India get by paying non-Indian players obscene amount of money.. It is our money !!

  • lillee4PM on January 24, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Posted by cric-procrastinator on (January 23, 2014, 20:35 GMT).... You are totally wrong. Money never produced one good fast bowler. Talent, guts and hard work produces good fast bowlers, e.g. Lillee, Thompson, Ambrose, Walsh etc.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    if these so called three big brothers can pass the proposal..... other boards like south africa, pakistan, srilanka, new-zeland, bangladesh and zim should avoid playing these three countries and let them play themselves.......and make money....... i am sure two years from now..... crows and other birds around their stadium will be their greatest fans and only audience.....

  • Winsome on January 24, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    By the way, any Indian fans who think Engtlish and Aus fans aren't ashamed of what their boards are doing are wrong. They are behaving with outrageous pragmatism and are obviously in collusion with the BCCI with this power grab. I'm not against India taking more revenue as they generate the majority of it, I think that's fair but the other stuff attached to it is rubbish. If all of it goes ahead it won't matter if they can't be relegated though as the rankings for all formats will be openly meaningless, even more than they are now.

  • Rameesme on January 24, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    What a shameless proposal this is, i hate BCCI blackmail who thinks cricket like nonsense game but not really its a gentleman game even the Indian do not know about it. If this proposal come to implement. i strongly say that the day proposal is passed in ICC is CRICKET DEATH DAY.

  • Winsome on January 24, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    I don't mind India getting a larger share of the revenue after all they create most of it, but the idea of them hosting more ICC tournaments in India plus the pressure that bilateral agreements with them will produce to play in India regardless of any cycle really is going to make a farce of international cricket. But what they want, I suspect they will get and Aus and England will go with them as they see financial advantage from this.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    How much would you like to see India, Aus and England playing each other all the time. The fact is that world cricket needs all the nations and more to survive and grow.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Indian (Bolywood) movies are playing a key role in financing Indian Cricket Board , this is how IPL came into existence courtsey spineless ICC (Formerly International Cricket Council and now Indian Cricket Council)

    Since BCCI contribution will still be the largest among the selected three. Next step, it will be MANDATORY for all all international cricketer to watch ALL Bolywood movies with in first week of their release which England and Australian Boards will gladly accept. This proposal is real ASHES of cricket.

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    If this is approved that will be the end of cricket. The beauty is there because of the global lovers of the game, different traditions, players from different parts of the earth, etc etc.Let these 3 BIG Nations to play against each other. If money and the power are the two only governing factors, game will goes on. But take my word, it will be there only for few months. People of these 3 countries would get bored for sure. AUS Vs IND, IND vs AUS, ENG vs IND, IND vs ENG ,ENG vs AUS and AUS vs ENG. what a joke. People will follow this game forever. to add some variety put IND vs IND and AUS vs AUS too. Because these guys think that talent and the excitment is only in those places.This will make the end of this game.

    " RIP cricket "

  • Tejas1983 on January 24, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    To quote Fight Club:

    The people you are after are the people you depend on. We watch your matches. We attend games in your stadiums. We ensure high sponsorship bids. We buy your jerseys. We fill your pockets while you sleep. DO NOT MESS WITH US.

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    The said proposal is totally for the sake of money! It will hurt the image of cricket.ICC need to empower the the associates nation to promote cricket and support weaker boards to increase their cricketing abilities which will eventually helps cricket and will increase the level of competition in cricket which will become cricket more entertaining.The 3 bigger boards want to have larger share of pie rather than increasing the size of pie which will automatically increase the revenues of the boards. By promoting cricket in associates nation the game could become more entertaining and productive.If the cricket,resources and natural talent will be flush out from S.Africa,Pakistan,Bangladesh,Srilanka,West Indies, then there will be no more thrill in cricket.

  • howizzat on January 24, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Dont care as long as the game is played 'fair'.

  • Cricthink on January 24, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    What's the Ethics Committee doing? Tomorrow a Match referee will be told to ban a player if not he will be removed from the Post, same could apply to an Umpire.

    No need to have Spirit of the Game Award because the Spirit is missing from the Body that awards it. I read a comment above about Money being spent equally means small Countries gain more and then Countries like India with larger population can't reach out to all and something about fast Bowlers not being found out of a Billion population etc... you did find batsman to score runs and hold records , how come? Funding is different who plays whom? is another issue. This is the beginning of the end , it is a Cancer. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar- I have seen posters at matches played in India " If Cricket is a Religion, SACHIN is God", please play GOD Sachin this time. This is nothing but Black mail.

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    i believe they are going to Make same like UN hold of 5 nation , dirty and greedy thought by this 3 , this will limit the cricket ,coz these three will not play against week team like Zimbabwe and Afghanistan ,Bangladesh, Kenya ,end of the day these country will go away from cricket

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Well I have a very interesting proposal for WC's as well. This will furthe enhance the game.

    In any World cup the top trio should only play against the teams they desire at group stage. No matter the out come they will get into the next stage along side with 2 other teams who did well in groups. The 2 other teams will then play a match and the winner will qualify to the next round. The top trio will then offer sealed bids to ICC to take part in the final. Team with highest bid will play in the final. Team with lowest bid will play the winner from the earlier game and regardless of the outcome the lowest bidder will play with the second lowest bidder. the winner then will play in the final with the highest bidder. There will be enough matches played to get a lot of money and Finals will be sold out.

  • TheCricketeer on January 24, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    I can see how it might be equitable for those generating a bigger proportion of the income to receive a bigger proportion of the proceeds. I can buy that. I can even see why ICC tournaments should favour locations where stadiums will be full and TV rights sold for top dollar. Im on board so far. However - when it comes to scheduling tours if you are serious about growing the game around the world the system has to become more equitable and more interesting then it is now. Effectively putting control of the playing schedule in the hands of India (you can ignore the other two they just pandering for money) is not the way forward for cricket.

    I still believe the only way to create that fair and equitable international playing schedule while still giving all the ICC boards space for independent tournaments & maybe even independent supplementary tours is to drop ODI cricket and focus on the other two. The problem they have is one of time. So lets create more. T20 & Tests are the future.

  • ThilankaK on January 24, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    ICC should ban Indian Cricket & BCCI !!!

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    may be they can take little more share of the money but oligarchy system will kill the cricket. two tier system is good with BD, NZ, WI, ZIM playing in pool B and SL, PAK, IND, SA, AUS, ENG playing in another pool. team 5th and 6th should play with the pool B two top teams at least once in a year with two teams. pool B should play each other about 9-10 tests per year with about 30 ODIs and 20 t20s

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    I agree with the two tier of cricket teams. But I would go further and say not just in test but in ODI and T20 as well. Tier 1 will have only India, Australia, and England. and Tier 2 will have all the other teams. Given the current performance of India and England it will benefit them to play among each other and Australia to improve. And then BCCI can hold not just one but many many "mini" tournaments in their home-grounds within a year, so they can have 100% success rate scoring around 600/700 runs per ODI innings. It is a win-win scenario. BCCI officials, Indian crowd, and also the players will all be happy!

  • ABKhanISB on January 24, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    I see many Indians saying that ICC is nothing without India, but they dont see that India is nothing without ICC either. If India exists ICC, there would still be 9 full members who can play with each other but the India would be alone and its players could only play IPL. If this situation ever happens, Indian players will start playing for other boards.

    Cricket had been played before India entered into International cricket and Cricket will continue with or without India. I don't blame general Indian population for supporting this dictatorial idea, I blame the standards of education govt provide to them

  • yenjvoy1 on January 24, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    I agree whole heartedly with @cric-procrastinator. BCCI needs more money in order to develop better fast bowlers. You cannot develop fast bowlers without spending a lot of money - one thing that rabid opponents of the BCCI conveniently ignore is the sheer amount of money invested by the West Indies in the 60s and 70s which gave them the amazing line up of fast bowlers to dominate world cricket. Look at Pakistan, who have invested huge sums in tape ball technology resulting in one new world class fast bowler coming out of rural Punjab every 5 years. BCCI simply wants to do the same thing in India with their enhanced share of ICC money guys. Come on. Stop complaining already and contribute to the BCCI Fast Bowler development Fund, or you will be forced to watch 10 more years of Ishant Sharma.

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Well I love Indian cricketers..........but this is totally a money game and above that blackmailing by BCCI ......i think the matter should be resolve by a fair voting process and in the good interest of cricket. Moreover if the ICC get blackmail by BCCI...then the results will be a disaster as India will try to play more games in India by force to make money.......and moreover all the rankings will be useless.

  • SureshBravo on January 24, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Will CSA or other boards do the same if they generate same income as BCCI. No way they will sure ask for big shares.

  • SureshBravo on January 24, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    CSA is the one of the greediest board as they want big share without generating income to ICC.

  • Udendra on January 24, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    All other countries should stop watching Indians play. boycott them, like we did for South africa during apartheid.

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Look at the current UN setup. Only five Countries have the power and all others have to just follow what ever decision they take. Also these five Countries can cancel any resolution brought by other Countries including India. Therefore, we are in the same situation where the Power and Money dictates. For Cricket it is India, Australia and England are the only Countries that could generate sizable Income therefore they want the power to be with them accordingly. If any Country raising objections then India, Australia and English will reduce the number of matches played against them then the revenue for that Country will be substantially reduced which could hamper their plans. This is the reason very cleverly New Zealand already given a go ahead for the draft plan. Pakistan Cricket Board is financially in very bad shape since India did not play against them and this could happen to other Boards as well if they did not support the draft proposal. It is up to them to decide.

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    this is nothing but a power grab by BCCI using its financial clout! reminiscent of how regional politics in india works! quite well known that most national teams depend heavily on india touring them than any other team! as for SA, its payback with extreme prejudice for backing lograt.

  • on January 24, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    It's greed plain and simple, it will be a very sad day for cricket if this goes through. I'm sure the poorer countries will be strong armed by BCCI and pushed to agree to this plan.

  • on January 24, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    This is a purely wrong idea. I thought- ICC was trying to globalize the cricket rather shrinking. Its really shocking to see where cricket is losing his beauty just because of money. Hope rest all the boards stand against this idea which will save cricket.

  • vj3478 on January 24, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    SLC, PCB and WICB - and their respective players are always in a tussle. These boards are dummy when it comes to decision making and can't survive without help of the big three. CSA is always respected by all countries( barring the last series of India coz of ...). NZ never had any issues with its players or other countries and will have support of India/CA coz they are always available for IPL. that leaves Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. So, BCCI will have its proposal approved as the only the nations that might/can oppose - CA and ECB are already part of the coup! Others will just have to agree coz they were unable to develop the sport in their country to be financially not dependent let alone making cricket global. There is no use of ICC if the big three move out and they did nothing for he past n yrs to stop relying on BCCI. Except crying!

  • Rahul_Inspired on January 24, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Let me start with a question.. Isn't it fair to ask 21% share of the total revenue if you are generating 80% of the total income? India has always been a profit making member to the ICC. Every global tournament that had been held in India made a huge profit to the ICC. WC 2011 is an example. We all know about the 'Profit' from 2007 WC which was held in West Indies. Also, being a very large country with huge population, that much amount of money is needed to invest it on the sport. Great players are not dropped from heaven. Their raw talent is to be nurtured and there should be an investment to that.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    The cold harsh reality is that cricket revolves around India in every aspect - financially, bureaucratically, politically, viewer-ship wise, sponsorship-wise etc. It's next to impossible to 'sideline' India totally and the BCCI know this. This is why they have come up with this response to the revamped ICC proposal. They know that cricket won't be the same without Indian participation in marquee events. Forget the ratings, there won't be any proper income generated by the events without India in them. Indian fans normally don't view cricket played by other nations. So a world cup or a World T20 without India won't trigger even an ounce of interest among the Indian public. I reckon the BCCI have played a strategically smart hand here. I am afraid the other nations will eventually give in to these demands.

  • on January 24, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    @tram, how about usa controlling UN. If this fair then 3 countries controlling also fair.

  • test_cricket_lover on January 24, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Any initiative done in India is like stirring a hornet's nest. And you know what hornets do when disturbed. Whether it is group of 5 or a billion, there needs to be a strong leader to do things efficiently. And when the leader does that, it doesn't mean the leader is a dictator or the other people are slaves. It is just the way it works. Some new energy has to be injected and I believe this proposal will bring some constructive changes. My take on this is the same as New Zealand's: "Don't jump to the conclusion what they're doing is not good for world cricket."

  • on January 24, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    If this is not blackmail, I don't no what does constitute as one!

  • Prabhash1985 on January 24, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Wow! The poll says almost 80% is against. So it means, majority understands it's a wrong thing to do. Only 7.5% says it's correct. Well, I don't know why any country will support this, except the big three, even big three, I'm not sure :P So funny!

  • Garang321 on January 24, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    I think, ICC should be named * Indian Cricket Council*.

  • Chiller38 on January 24, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    I have an extremely easy answer to all of this. Throw India out of the ICC. See what they do then!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    There is every chance for this issue to snow-ball into a major change. I won't be surprised if BCCI, ECB and CA break-away from ICC. New Zealand will follow them. And so will West Indies and Bangladesh. What exactly can Sri Lanka and Pakistan do along with South Africa? Other Associate Nations like Ireland, Netherlands will join with the break-away Big 3. A new International Cricket Organisation will be formed. Simple as that! Losers will be Pak, SL and SA. With bare minimum revenues, Zimbabwe and Kenya also will go with the new organisation. This scenario is very much possible if this draft doesn't get materialised. Just wait and watch. We are in for some interesting and defining moments in the history of world cricket with India as the undisputed leader, as of now and for the future. As an Indian, I'm very proud of BCCI for the way they developed cricket and are going to take it forward into the future. Kudos BCCI! And thanks to CA, ECB and NZ for their support.

  • TVR.Cricket on January 24, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Big three should deserve more revenue because they have better talent interms of staffs, administrators, facilities, and players. This will help cricket.

  • Garang321 on January 24, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    I think, the ICC should be named * Indian Cricket Council*.

  • on January 24, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    why now when CA and BCCI are on top wait a few years see what happen........... cricket is a gentleman's sport.....

  • on January 24, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    This is enough..They are killing cricket.. let BCCI moce out of ICC

  • Sautrik on January 24, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Please tell me I'm not the only Indian fan who hates BCCI's intentions.

  • aussie1993 on January 24, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    all I want is bcci should be out of world cricket I know it will have serious consequences on icc becoz bcci contributes more to icc but they r selfish the problem can be solved by ECB and CA by opposing this draft we all know that australia is one of the wealthiest country in the world and india is no way near it if australia and england can ask help from their government for money, all problems could be solved nd let bcci play ipl and champions league and let all countries boycott it

  • on January 24, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Give test status to 2 more nations like Ireland and Holland/Any other and make 2 tier. Tier 1 - top 6, Tier 2 - bottom 6. Then it would be better in both ways.

  • TVR.Cricket on January 24, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    I feel this big three controlling cricket is good and provide impetus. They have become Big three, by having good cricket administration and better national cricket structure. This may help countries like Zimbabwe, Kenya to implement the same in their country for improvement.

    Best Cricket support staffs or administrators from Big three will be involved in decision making or key positions in ICC. This will only help ICC in making right decision at key moment.

    Since Big three has good structure for anticorruption laws. It will help country like Pakistan and Kenya to have control.

    I also feel two tier identification in test cricket will help the countries to balance the cricket load and provide a good test cricket viewing. for example India can play more test in SA and than playing with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. This help SA financially.

    I dont know why so many people are questioning BCCI though CA and ECB are also involved. Well said in article, it only a draft, it meant for discussio

  • Arshad_786 on January 24, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    If you give in to Black Mail, don't think that it will stop. India has become arrogant and money has gotten them corrupted. Giving control of Cricket to these three countries will destroy cricket as we know it. Indians already are behaving like spoiled brats. If India is giving ultimatums, then take them up on that. The rest of the countries should go their way. Have you ever seen a Ranghi Trophi match in India!!! The stands are just as empty as elsewhere. It is only the International Players that draw so many to matches. India, England and Australia will kill each other. Interest will be gone when India is at the bottom of the three. Then the cry baby will come up with some other clever ideas.

  • LewisDuckworth on January 24, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    For the sake of the game compromise needs to be reached for all parties here for the good of the game. The BCCI should not hold the game to ransom. They need all the other developed nations as much as they need India, otherwise they won't have anyone to play against.

    First I have no objection to the idea of a two tier system, however as compromise Australia, India & England should not be immune from relegation. Everyone should be fair game.

    I've got no issue with Australia, India & England having majority control. But any decisions made should get, a majority vote from the 7 other (9 if Ireland & Afghanistan come onboad) boards. Who can act as a type of senate to the big three if you will.

    The game is bigger then anyone country, so lets hope that resolution is found sooner or later!

  • masodur2000 on January 24, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    @cric-procrastinator, look at Pakistan matter, how come they produce so many fast bowlers. Your answer is - though there is no international match in Pakistan, they put lot of money to make bowler like Wahab Riaz to bowl consistently at 150 kmph. LOL.

  • cricketforpeace on January 24, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    @ cric-procrastinator. I think your suggestion that India does not produce fast bowlers "because it just does not have enough money to spend on such a big population" is completely flawed. Some of the causes for India not producing quality fast bowlers would be batsmen friendly pitches, no proper system in place for grooming and encouraging pace bowlers at all levels, absence of proper nurturing of available fast bowlers, a cricket crazy nation which seems to adore chiefly the batsmen. Above all, their seems to be poor attitude and temperament by the Indian Board towards their pace bowlers across decades. Other wise with the available resources at hand, it should not have been difficult to find one truly fearsome fast bowlers in India. You ask any emerging cricketer as to what he wants to be in India - the answer would most probably be a batsman! Lets face it - Indians do not love their fast bowlers any less, they somehow seem to always love their batsmen more!!

  • huffpost on January 24, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Kudos to Srinivasan and BCCI.. this was long overdue....time for India to get its fair share from ICC..It is in the game's best interests ...And for those saying India should exit the ICC they probably dont know that ICC is nothing without India ,aus and England...Take the upcoming T20 world cup in Bangladesh, without India, the tournament wont even happen...

  • on January 24, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Utterly non-sense!! BCCI is gaining hatred from all over the world.Indian government should meddle into this matter.

  • TheAnalyzer on January 24, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    A nice plan to win world cups more often.. IND knows they cant win another world cup till if plays in IND again.. So the plan is,, getting the power first,, managing all the matches and venues,, managing world cricket schedules,, changing the rules as they want etc.. They want to be the king and rule the cricket world.. If this happens,, cricket will die for sure..

  • Masking_Tape on January 24, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    This is great news! Let them exit. Let they go play their IPL. Take away their test status.

  • on January 24, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    This is a classic case of killing the goose that lays golden eggs. BCCI might be the board poised to gain the most from it. There are a few things that can come out of this. 1. Countries dont really rely on ICC cash and we will all move on. 2. Non Big-3 countries get crippled due to lack of money and competition from other sports and fade away. If second happens Aus and Eng are poised to lose. Cricket is not major sports in either of the countries however cricket is No. 1 in India. Due to IPL success BCCI has enough confidence that it can survive without international cricket (Baseball, Basketball in US). If BCCI goes IPL route, Aus and Eng wont get a dime from BCCI eventually killing ICC as well. Tests, ODIs will die out (except maybe Aus vs Eng), IPL T20 will prevail. Cricket, however will survive, although the game will become much poorer. "Vinash kaal, Viparit Buddhi"

  • on January 24, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    This is silly, you need another team to play cricket against. Let India play IPL all year.

  • moss4u on January 24, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    World Biggest Democracy Board is opting for Dictatorship ??? Bad for the World Cricket.

  • lillee4PM on January 24, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    All you people saying that indian spends its cricket money on 1 billion plus people and needs a bigger share are living are deluded or blind. The money is and always will be spent in a tiny elite sector of the population. When was the time india ever helped the Dalits (300+ million) play cricket?

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on January 24, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    @cric-procrastinator: I note absolutely no insight into relative cost of living in the countries involved. A per capita allocation of funds over the population is also an exceedingly inaccurate assessment. If that was the method employed it would point to development being inhibited by incompetence and no other reason. India's lack of a quality fast bowler has more to do with their limited overs addiction and local conditions that aren't conducive to fast bowling.

    Maybe you'll claim next that New Zealand (population four and a half million) are rolling in it and that explains the hiding they're dishing out to India at present.

  • on January 24, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Let India, England and Australia create their own league. Do you think the similar number of people will come to see those games and similar revenue can be earned as before? People want to see contests between great players from South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc also. True, India has the largest population of cricket fans. However the assets are the players from all over the word and the game itself. If cricket fans get away as a result of short sighted decisions, the game will fade away from the Globe.

  • krittim on January 24, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Thank God, India is not within the top 10 football playing nations; otherwise they will also try to manipulate FIFA as-well :P

    As an Indian fan, I believe BCCI will only be digging a grave-yard for Indian cricket if they are successful by implementing this. BCCI proves it again that they only care about money. They did a similar thing when Kapil Dev started ICL.

  • Afta on January 24, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    My only worry is that, to push the draft and finally table it, it needs a lot of effort and support. Knowing, there is a method how politics play in every aspect of financial deals and governance, it starts with lobbying, if that doesn't work then you resort to BRIBERY, if that doesn't work arm twisting, if that doesn't work eliminate (of course in this case - out of office). Love to wait and see who will succumb to what.... Looks like ...... Hell for leather...!

  • CricketFanIndUS on January 24, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    21% of the revenues in return for 80% contribution to the ICC revenues, that does not seem greedy at all and it appears to be a good deal for the other members. ICC member nations are not communists after all. Imagine 20 years ago, if either ENG or AUS were contributing 80% of the revenue, what might have happened. Also, India needs to have their own home season set aside like Australia and England have had. Although I believe BCCI should help/bail out troubled boards/nations, especially the weaker ones, I have not read anywhere that England or Australia did that in the past at any point in time.

  • on January 24, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Dear India, Do what you like and do it alone. Regards, The World

  • on January 24, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Bcci is killing world cricket we should just axe them and go at it without them

  • on January 24, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    This will dilute the real spirit of sports. Cricket is no more just a sport but commercial money spinner thanks to IPL. BCCI is trying to control the game by using their money power. At any sports body, the committee should be appointed democratically and no fixed executive members should be elected. It's obvious that BCCI's ultimate intention is to control world cricket and they've got ACB n ECB involved this time to reduce objections. BCCI will subsequently get rid of others. Sharing the profits could be discussed and if BCCI collects the highest revenue, let them have the lion's share. BUT NO BODY SHOULD ALLOW SUCH A PROPOSAL EVEN TO BE TABLED AT A WORLDS SPORTS BODY. If BCCI wants to move out, let them do that and get isolated. Then we all will witness the "enter the dragon" - entry of Chinese in to Cricket. ...

  • on January 24, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    only solution is go against india or ban india from ICC. they ruined all board already by ICL and IPL. enough is enough

  • DaredevilsUnlimited on January 24, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    To say the least BCCI has sounded death knell of Gentleman's game of cricket. Now the boards are infested with money bags who wants to fill up their coffer to distribute among themselves ignoring the billion of fans around the world. Shame on u BCCI

  • Rag-Aaron on January 24, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    It's no wonder New Zealand is making positive noises about this proposal, we're halfway through setting up the world cup - if India pulled out of the tournament now NZC would be financially ruined. Cricket in New Zealand would probably never recover.

    It's the law of the jungle out there now - every man for himself.

    And I do mean man, the women won't get a look in.

  • aadi1295 on January 24, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    India's decision will damage Cricket spirit very much. If India go out of ICC events and other nation boycott IPL then who will watch cricket anymore. Really disappointed with current dramatic situation for the future of cricket.

  • proteasfire on January 24, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    This is absolute non sense from BCCI. Its not good for the game of cricket. The current ICC FTP gives equal opportunities to all countries and tours are being played in fair manner. With this proposal BCCI will be organizing bilateral series which might result in few countries being left out in the dark. Only fewer countries will be contesting regularly which the fans wont like and definitely its a disgrace to the game. No single country should be allowed to dictate terms. This should be scrapped in order to preserve the game!!

  • on January 24, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    @ cric-procrastinator - three of Pakistan's current brilliant bowlers are from humble back ground with no training or development money being invested. This is all hogwash from BCCI that they need more development money. whether you got a billion people or a million, The squad will leave with only 21 members. India currently has one of the most dynamic and competitive local cricket. And fast bowlers will come too. If money was going to produce fast bowlers there would be 11 marshals playing in china. The question regarding distribution of funds is debatable. To take away all the development and jeopardize the future of cricket is plain short-sightedness. To dissolve ftp for bilateral arrangements and two tier system is just plain bullying. It might be a negotiation tactic to just get everyone to agree on higher share(and i feel that is exactly what it is) but its in bad taste and cricket as a whole would suffer

  • on January 24, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    not good for cricket…. if any country giving most money to ICC, don't forget they are running the show under ICC umbrella… they can't earn more if the do activities domestically..

  • archivedowl on January 24, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Quite simply a power play by BCCI as a step towards it ultimately replacing the ICC as cricket's governing body, which in fact it already is financially. This is a move by BCCI (and ACC) to gain formal, legal control of the sport. Hugely disappointing but not surprising. Any future efforts against corruption in cricket will be useless as we will be sold down the river by the bookies. God help the non-Test playing nations.

  • Sal76 on January 24, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    @ThePacifist10 - While I understand your sentiments, I don't think these 5 gentlemen should be brought into this muck. Barring Saurav once or twice these gentlemen have stayed away from controversy all their careers. Now that they are retired, it shouldn't be up to them to do this. I think this should be handled on 2 platforms- 1) The various Indian state boards in India should jointly approach the President of India to dissolve the current BCCI administration that is, while seeking to bring in money, will end up bringing disrepute to the sport as well as the nation. 2) On a global level a ll cricket fans around the world, should solemnly come together to boycott the remaining matches being played in the current Aus-Eng ODI series as well as the India-NZ ODI series. It is truly time to show the 3 big bullies that the power rests with the people. I say, let's start today/tonight with the Aus-Eng 4th ODI. Just don't watch the game, watch Lord of the Rings trilogy or something.

  • on January 24, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    This is pretty grim whatever way you look at it. If the other countries sign the draft most of the profits will go to the big 3. The other boards even at the current situations do not have enough cash to hold proper test series and we often see countries like sri lanka cut test tours for ODIs as they need the money. If the big 3 take the bigger section of profits it is simply not feasible for the others to hold test series consistently. On the other hand if the other teams decide to not sign the draft the BCCI will simply walk out of the tournaments making it a financial disaster. We already saw how badly India's early exit in 2007 world cup affected the finance side of things. Without India the big three are once again left with too little funds to host test series. The only thing left to do is to sign the draft and hope the big 3 will be responsible and aim to serve cricket (highly unlikely).

  • Sal76 on January 24, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    If I understand this article correctly, this is a draft proposal, which means, amendments can be made to this proposal by the member nations. The part about revenue is fair. BCCI should rightly get a higher percentage given that they generate the maximum. I also feel that the 4-member council isn't a big deal if it is meant to provide "recommendations" to the ICC board which would choose to approve or decline the "recommendations". The draft proposal also states that the 4-member council could be expanded in the future - let's start that as the first amendment from the member nations. Expand it to 6. The biggest problem I see, and I am sure everyone else does as well, is the bilateral agreements. That bit is indeed the bullying part. Unfair, but what can you do? Well here's what, I think all cricket lovers, Indians, Aussies, Englishmen alike with the rest of the world, should boycott all games being played by India, Aus and Eng. Hit their wallet and bring them in for tea.

  • Planetindia on January 24, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    I am an India and I simply hate what BCCI is doing. I hope Nobody play with India for years and once they loose all the money from advertise and other promotion, then They will get their Front out of their Back. This is just Ridiculous.

  • Wannabekenobi on January 24, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    If BCCI are pulling out of ICC events, go right ahead, cricket can survive without India, don't you worry. BCCI is now very well known for its blackmail tactics when it comes to something they do not like: DRS, ICL etc.

  • Danufur on January 24, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    First and foremost, sports cannot be conducted the same way you would run a business. Economies of scale should not come in to consideration when a sporting authority is making decisions. @cric-procrastinator: Your argument of India not being able to produce fast bowlers based on a lack of funding is really "poor" (Pun intended). What about Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath? They emerged during a time where cricket was much less financially stable. It's not about how much money there is, but how you use it. Cricketing bodies of Australia, England and India are purely exhibiting a blatant misuse of power. This is why cricket will always be floundering in the world of sports.

  • Lodhisingh on January 24, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Here (in USA) the Juries for the court are selected based on a fair distribution of representation of the 2 parties who contend in the court. @ TRAM citing USA as an example in this instance is as bad as it gets. USA does to the world, what BCCI is accused of doing in cricket.

  • wijeya on January 24, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    this will kill international Test cricket and it will mean the likes of SL, PAK, BAN, WI, NZ and others will focus on only ODI's and T20s. Instead of trying to keep International Test Cricket alive they decide to kill it completely. How long before it gets boring watching Aus, Ind and Eng play after 10 tests in the Ashes even for the most die hard fan it becomes a little boring, I know me and my brit friends are looking forward to watching SL vs Eng in June

  • on January 24, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    I think this is the most worst situation for 9th and 10th ranking country. Though they need to play more test match they can't play. Money is a big issue but at the end of the day it is sports which entertain thousands of people. India, Australia and England can't force ICC to take this decision for their benefits. They can form elite association.

  • dulabhai on January 24, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    This just does not make sense. I can't believe BCCI is blackmailing ICC like this. Why would you have to be so selfish? Cricket does not just belong to BCCI, CA, ECB. It belongs to other nations as well as millions of fans. If ICC agrees to this draft this will be the end of cricket for many countries.

  • Shadow_tkc on January 23, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    I worry that voting through the proposal, while offering financial benefits, could damage cricket as a whole. Many issues have been raised already, regarding where and how often the full member nations will play each other, whether the promise of no regulation for the Big Three is a good idea, etc. The nature of bilateral agreements and the BCCI's insistence on hosting an ICC event every two years is also a concern. Not only could it complicate rankings and damage the potential of certain nations to win ICC events, but it could also cause damage to the following that cricket generates in the non-Big-Three nations.

    Ultimately, there are too many doubts regarding the terms of this proposal, suggesting that it must be revised. I also get a strong feeling that the Full Member nations are being coerced into approving of the proposal's implementation (the BCCI's blackmail gives weight to that theory), and making decisions under duress can surely never be a good thing.

  • JPMaple on January 23, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    Yes, please let BCCI leave if they want. They have already centralized Cricket through money, IPL and Champions League T20 instead of globalizing Cricket. There is not a single sports in the world which is controlled by any single country or "Big 3".

  • bouncer1021 on January 23, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    What's funny that this game is only played by handful countries despite being the 200 old. India being the largest in the pond, doesn't realize that they no one will care for the game if only 4 teams are playing against each other and the game is not growing. It will eventually die.

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    BCCI back in it's dirty politics.

  • h_kap on January 23, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    I.... was a cricket fan. No more.

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Well, the proposal boils down to a basic argument. Who gets the money generated in cricket? Do everyone share the revenues generated by a few OR do the ones who generate the revenue gets a bigger share.

    I think the second one has more merit than the first and this is exactly what the 3 biggies are proposing.

    I'd argue that going with the first approach is in fact detrimental to the game. If you give someone free money, they will refuse to work for it. But if you force them to work for it, everyone may get more money to play with. By using the second approach, you will find that boards like WI will stop fighting with players and work for the betterment of their cricket. Who will that benefit?

    I, for the first time, think what BCCI is doing is correct. People who are always against BCCI by habit may want to wake up and smell the coffee...

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    BCCI asking for larger share of revenue is understandable and fair in my opinion because they generate most revenues. However decision making power should be evenly distributed, no question in that. If BCCI goes with the logic that they generate most revenues so that is why they should given more power in terms of decision making then i guess U.S president should consult or actually Bill gates and Warren Buffet should be the president of U.S since they are the richest person and pays the highest taxes.

  • David_Boon on January 23, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    I see a lot of comments saying India need more money because they have a higher population. This shows a lack of understanding of basic economics.

    Everything is MUCH cheaper in India, so your money goes further. More than 10 times further than it would in Australia. So $1b in Australia is equal to roughly $100m in India, in terms of what it costs to buy things.

    The poll shows 80% against, I've never seen such a majority before on this site. Shows what real cricket fans want!

  • contrast_swing on January 23, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Its money versus common sense, short-term gain versus long terms health of the game. I really admire the Cricket South Africa who have dared to show the opposition.

    But it is not just the cricket boards, but players and the players association must step up. Cricket is lucky to have some good thinkers of game still actively playing (e.g. Sangakara) or just retried (Dravid, Kumble, Strauss). Martin Crowe is only former player who came up to say something meaningful.

    The cricinfo vote clearly says what serious followers think about the decision. But I wonder in the money driven administration of the BCCI and ICC, if democracy stands a chance and they will bother for the Cricket Fans.

    So it may finally fall onto the player to take up the fight and they should...

  • mtfb on January 23, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    i am having difficulty understanding all of this but it looks like the BCCI are now formally holding everybody else to ransom instead of just implying ransom. Imagine if West Indies had been granted this power in the 70s/80s when they were the leading box office draw. What's to stop India being also rans in 30 - 40 years time. If this is to go ahead then everyone must be in danger of relegation - that might put the wind up England and shock them out of their arrogance.

  • sherlockoz on January 23, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    As a cricket fan, this makes me very nervous, not so much for what is being said....but what is not. I agree India deserves a bigger slice of the money 'pie' , but it must be acknowledged that the revenue they are earning is by playing against Australia, England, Sri Lanka, NZ, WI etc etc. Would that revenue be the same if the broadcast deal was for local Indian cricket alone? I suspect not. Therefore all of the other Nations are actually contributing to that revenue India are earning. I'm sure a deal can be done with the revenue side of things. The other serious issues are; The 'big' three having control and never being in the relegation zone IF their performance slips. We have seen Australia in the dumps, England could be about to do the same thing.....should they be protected? The 'big' three choosing who they will and who they won't play. Does the public really want back to back neverending Ashes series? Do we want to see India v Australia EVERY year?

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    To all the folks saying India generate the money so they should get the profits - this is not a case of nations investing in the icc and hence receiving dividends from the company - it's revenue generated from icc events! What the BCCI is saying is 'we're your biggest customer: give us your profits!' Which is ludicrous. Try that with Apple or Microsoft, see how you get on. The BCCI will still get their own revenue - this is icc specific money we're talking about, and the icc should distribute it in a way that is for the best of the international cricketing community.

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    No Pakistan?? Surely India and Pakistan were planning a two nation breakaway? You could just play endless home and away matches versus each other.... LOLZ!! That'd sort you immature bully-boys out. Why are you like this India? Any nation still wishing death upon a nation that is in the top 8 of the rankings should not be making decisions that exclude it and others... surely? Would you want Pakistan deciding your fate India? I am a NZer.... you are trying to exclude us too.... yet, we are wasting you. Grow up BCCI. Do unto others as you would do unto yourselves.... and bear in mind.... you start only playing England and Australia, you might get found out for the flat track bullies you really are anyway...Oh, and learn to hit a long ball. There wouldn't be a baseball team sniffing within a hundred miles of any of you.

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    It's time we Indian cricket fans do something about BCCI. They're killing the game that we love, and that they themselves thrive upon!

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    If this goes through, I hope crickets, not just supporters of any one nation, but all true fans boycott cricket to show BCCI, ECB and CA, who really pays them.

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Having undue influence and treating people and institutions unfairly and throwing your weight about literally and solely due to the 'power' you wield due to population (or size) is known by only one name: BULLYING. And this from a side that flatters to deceive on doctored pitches at home in front of caged fans and then gets hammered by more exciting teams abroad, as you are being currently. Sixes are what gets people going.... you have one hitter. One. If you want to make cricket more entertaining.. maybe make NZ, AUS, ENG and SA the big four and you can just watch us go at it. Grow up BCCI and grow some while you're at it. You are losing 2-0 at the moment India and to my countrymen and you are doing it on fair pitches too... why would you exclude your superiors? You don't when the IPL comes around and you raid the world for that which you lack... do you now? Be inclusive, not exclusive... there was a time when you were AWFUL India.. what if we had all excluded you then? Exactly.

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    India aren't number 1 anymore, end of convo BCCI

  • MeTalHeD69 on January 23, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    @cricketsunami I was trying to make a point about money versus the best interests of the game. It is not in India's best interest to isolate itself or reduce the number of competitive playing nations. The problem here is not that India is making the money it's that the BCCI is trying to be bigger than the game. Is it really just about the money? Have we lost the spirit of the game? If it is just about money to India then they can comfortably withdraw support and raise money through the IPL and never play any other format of cricket again. The point here is that if India felt they really wanted to improve cricket and not just make money, they wouldn't be trying to control the game. Every cent that goes elsewhere is an investment in everyone's cricket future. If they hoard all the resources, they will run out of competition to play against and destroy their own game in the process. And I didn't say anything about India being flat track bullies. You took that personally from elsewhere.

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Cricket started before India, and will continue without them!

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    If India exits every other country had better have their players from about under 10 level well and truly locked up contract wise.

    The boards that have been twiddling their thumbs instead of making money will have no chance as the Indian cheque book juggernaut scoops up their players.

    Those boards that have been making money and paying their players as best they can may resist for a short term. In the end the Indian money machine will overwhelm them too. and they will lose players - probably lots - for the Indian domestic market.

    Good luck to most of those boards surviving.

  • TheBigBoodha on January 23, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    Wow, who would have thought? And to think I had three posts stating exactly this possibility that were not published here yesterday. This is the scenario that motivated CA to board with India - wrongly, IMHO. Their fear is that India will break away from the ICC and lure all the best players to the IPL with fat checks, thus killing international cricket.

    It is time for ALL the other cricket playing nations to stand up to the BCCI. The BCCI have no interest in the future of the game nor do they support its best interests. They ar only interested in one thing: cold, hard cash.

  • pakoz on January 23, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Indian fans love to comment on any topic & on any match. 90% of the comments on Cricinfo are from Indians. But on such an important issue unfortunately, all indian fans are silent. We would love to hear their views.

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    BCCI should be ashamed for even considering this offer. People who are arguing including Indian,English and Australian fans do you guys really understand the emphasis of this agreement which clearly cuts teams like West Indies and New Zealand do deteriorate to a minor league. Like seriously does the apparent Big Three consider themselves above other teams . So what if India generates more revenue they have the most corrupted cricket board in the world I reckon who always will put money over cricket. BCCI personnels should have a review of their own cause their decision making process nowadays just do not make sense.

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    I understand India's policy - they have money and now they want power, so as to USA. USA supports UN and then USA wants more power play with UN.If it is a world trend, I don't mind even I am a supporter of Bangladeshi cricket who has never treated fairly by India, NOT even offering any bilateral tours within 10 years. India is a big boss but why no body bowing their head onto their faith, like Bonde Mataram to BCCI. With respect to money, we can surely discuss if India contributes more, we need to think how can Indian people around world can be more supportive by this money. Well done India, go ahead. NO body understands anything here. Australia is also in a similar situation here where I live - they try to be a big boss around here, however, nobody is valuing her even NOT tiny Fiji. English people has better understanding of business than anyone else. UK and AUS will get more money, so why not they run with India. Money is all for them, it is proven with time around.

  • JamalN on January 23, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    @ cric-procrastinator this is the most funny comment I have read in a while. So you are telling me that india does not have enough money to develop a decent fast bowler. Mr. are you living in the world where money buys everything???? First of all, you do not need money to develop anything. You need talent which comes naturally. Secondly, you must be joking if you are saying that india does not have enough money. If anyone has money it is india and only india. The amount of money they make from IPL and other similar leagues. What is the nonsense of money per population??? Are you doing some sort of charity here? You spend money on cricket boards within the country not on every person of the population. They make enough money to have all sorts of resources to train the players how they would like.

    What happened to countries who are not even in top 8? Do you think they have a lot of money? They are still showing up with world class players once in a while. like india you are money talk!

  • cricanalyserbd on January 23, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    I think ICC's power should be given to UAE. they have lots of money. so they will be able to manage it comfortably. they are investing money in many European Football clubs.

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Shame on India ... ( not Just BCCI) .. ... Its like the nasty rich kid who takes the bat, ball & stumps and goes home when he doesn't get his way.

  • trigga315 on January 23, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    @tokoloshe South Africa has the following to complete with CA and ECB as South Africa have 30 million more people than Australia and 2 million less than England. Also like in both England and Australia (arguably 2nd or 3rd) it is the second most popular sport. The thing that they are missing in South Africa is the ability to generate revenue based on support as their economy is less than 1/3 the size of the other three and unemployment is currently at 25.2%.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 23, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Okay, so effectively what the BCCI are saying is that they are the world's richest board who generate over 80% of revenue and by not participating in ICC events, they can pretty much cut off all the income coming into those tournaments. Brilliant BCCI, brilliant !! What a torrid time to be an Indian supporter.

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    i hate india and indian cricket that's a ravish country in the world

  • ca2ca on January 23, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    @cric-procrastinator and others who think of BCCI billions,comment from another article To my fellow Indians who suggest that BCCI will use the extra money for the betterment of smaller cricket boards. Wake up!!! BCCI has enough money with IPL and other broadcasting rights. Do you think they are using it for the betterment of lower level cricket in India. If they are not doing it now then why would they do that when they get extra money. And you suggesting it will not be financially not feasible to leave out Ind, Aus and Eng. It will not be at first. But if they do survive two years trust me finances will become better. And I know we are suggesting we will live by playing cricket internally only. We already play Ranji, Duleep trophy etc. Have you ever seen how much revenue that generates. The major reason for success in IPL is foreign players. If they ban their player from participating in IPL what will happen? Without Gayle, Pollock, Bravo,Steyn,Naren - will you still watch? I may not

  • Jonah58 on January 23, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    IMHO if it comes to a vote to decide if One, or 3 cricket boards control the destiny of 103 other boards and the decision to defend the 103 means that the biggest and richest board walks away, then i am sorry the rest of the cricket world should leave the BCCI to plough its own furrow alone. Im sorry but world cricket cannot be dictated to by 1 board however rich it is and however many passionate fans it has. The CA\ECB veto was wrong when it existed and to replicated it with India added is still wrong.

  • on January 23, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    This is absurd to say the least. How the times have changed. It used to be AUS and ENG boards trying to have their with cricket affairs and India was on the other side of the fence. Some extra cash and few money hungry executives later they jumped the fence as fast as they can and now actually putting those early years by Eng and AUs to shame. Utterly disgraceful tactics. I hope the other nations have a backbone to stand up for this. If they want to exit ICC, let them. Let's see how much they earn without the other nations.

  • on January 23, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    I think this step can isolate indian cricket in future, if they persist with it, because if all other weaker boards join hands together then india will be left alone and there would be international cricket played in india

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 23, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    @Choudhury Hisham, I wonder which business is run in democratic way. Do you own a business? And if so, are you running it on democratic ideology?

  • hst84 on January 23, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    @tokoloshe: Cricket needs to survive and grow bro, and the world doesn't need autocratic decisions to influence their own national boards. We aint moving to the primitive era where only one was the wise player and the rest were numb in their opinions. Remember those who support a cause worth supporting would never move towards the negative aspects of it. Helping nations who cant help themselves can also take place without holding top positions and moving oneself into a strong foothold where no one can question. Help is something sacred, don't count it in terms of power and lust..

  • on January 23, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    This is a clear indication of BCCI's ability to bully other members. This is not just about money. There are a lot of elements involved that will have an influence on the game, such as the future use of DRS (when the technology improves over time), globalization of cricket similar to soccer and the result of global cricket when standard of game of these countries fall. Remember Sri Lanka and West Indies at their peak ? What if they were to return ? What if the Indian , English or Australian team's standard started to fall apart. What if other countries started to generate more revenue ? What if Bangladesh in the next 15 years developed to be one of the strongest Test Team ? All this can happen, as it happened in the past. This is why a democratic system has to be in place so the teams can keep each other in check. Cricket is a sport and it's ownership cannot be claimed by 3 countries. It does not belong to any one or any country. This development and change is a disgrace!

  • RiscoGrande on January 23, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    We should let India exit the ICC as its threating to do in some kind of 'blackmail' attempt. The ICC will lose some revenue as a result of this but not the entire 80%. The people of India are CRICKET fans, not all if any all would agree with what the BBCI is doing. If the ICC let India exit they will still gain revenue in India through broadcasting rights which they will sell to whatever broadcaster is on to it enough to buy these rights and get high viewership and make millions on advertising. The BCCI will eventually come crawling back to international cricket and agree to reasonable terms that are good for the wonderful game that is cricket.

  • trumpoz on January 23, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    And the ICC has just become an even more political place.

    India getting a greater share of revenues - ok I agree with that. Threatening future broadcast deals if they don't get their way - totally unacceptable.

    I actually hope this goes through. What people don't realise is that with three countries with veto powers India loses some of its power. Currently there is an Asian block in the ICC that India wields power over due to the money they make. WIth veto powers given to other nations it is a case of one of them saying 'no' and that is it. The BCCI will have to negotiate or leave. The way the BCCI is holding the ICC to ransom at the moment is completely unacceptable - I hope this deal backfires and the BCCI (not Indian cricket as a whole) is left red-faced and are all sacked.

  • on January 23, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    How arrogant is it to imply that India generate 80% of ICC's revenue? Without fair and varied competition, how much revenue do you think you would generate, Mr BCCI?

  • Shairani on January 23, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    India getting a larger share of the profits is understandable. What is not understandable though, is the tying up of more power and influence on the ICC with this increased revenue issue. The Indian board is creating an ill-will for Indian cricket across the cricket playing world, and beyond that. However, it is really heartening to see the majority of Indian fans opposing this atrocious idea. As suggested, former Indian cricketers (not on the payroll of the BCCI!) should come up and voice their concerns.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 23, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Dare India to do that! Call their bluff!

  • GermanPlayer on January 23, 2014, 21:13 GMT


    You mentioned wrong facts in your arguments, which clearly indicate you live in a world of your own.

    1. SA has not lost an away series since 2006 when they lost to Srilanka in Srilanka. These away series also include series to India. Remember the Kanpur square turner that India had to prepare when they lost the first test?

    2. You mentioned Eng, SA and Aus have not performed well in India. Well, you've not beaten SA for a long time and you just lost a test series to England at home.

    When you are arguing, it is advised to get your facts right. Your opinions will always be respected, but when you support them with wrong 'facts', no one is going to listen to you.

  • on January 23, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    I will not attend another game of international cricket if these proposals are ratified, I suggest you all adopt the same stance.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on January 23, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Reading these comments just exposes the immense inferiority complex the rest of the world has against India. It exposes just how difficult it is for them to acknowledge the position of India on the top and exposes the frustration due to their inability to do anything about it. India has come where it has on it's own ability and instead of accepting their inferior status compared to India and working towards improving themselves, these people choose to take the easy way out and come on these forums to rant but what they fail to understand is that while they are wasting their time crying 'wolf!', India is taking further strides forward, just pushing these countries even lower than they are today. So keep crying because nobody is listening or cares.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 23, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    @coldcoffee123...Dude I agree with your stats...but BTW I am an Indian comment says you are not....Period

  • Rj_Kiwi on January 23, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    It seems we cannot stop this. India deserves more financial compensation but now they want to own every aspect of the game. And they have their little bedfellows Australia and England. It is excellent to see so many Indian supporters can see through waht is happening and understand theat they too will be robbed of the game. Only the rich will see the extra money. Money is an important part of sport, but it may well be the undoing of the game.

  • cardassian on January 23, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    BCCI only wanting home matches as India can't win overseas. Secures an inflated ranking for India and constant revenue stream. Stops cricket being a fair competition between two teams. Stops cricket being a competition between bat and ball.

  • RVC-38 on January 23, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    What people are forgetting is that cricket is a sport not a business, kids and adults play this great game every weekend for no money, like swimmers, hockey players, track and field athletes most of these people put hundreds of hours training and playing for very little financial reward and small spectator numbers to play top grade or represent their country, or just to have fun they always have always will, cricket should be a non profit game with all money to be put back into cricket at all levels, International to grass roots, so my vote goes to whoever will give money to boards like WI, Bang, Zim Ire etc to buy bats and balls improve facilities etc so the kids can play on weekends, the rest will take care of itself. lets get to a time when cricket has a "big 8"

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    @aztecs: you cant be more wrong. Sponsors watched one of the greatest of the game (Jak Kallis) retire in his home country South Africa with only handful of the fans showing up. That was pure disgrace and shameful on the part of south african fans. How can you treat Kallis like that and call yourself a cricket fan? Sponsored saw that and have taken note of that thing if retirement of Kallis cant mobilize south african fans then what will? They will not sponsor games for an empty stand get it. In India as some one has pointed out even finals are rescheduled and sponsors know that and thats why they will keep sponsoring to get a market of Billion people. So dont worry about India. And those fans on this page crying for the love of the game now has been seen demeaning a few of game's greatest and their contribution for the sectarian pleseaurs. So stop being hypocritical.

  • on January 23, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    BCCI... maybe you guys should just take all of the revenue, and make it a one-member executive council. It's heading that way, right? Might as well jump in with both feet. We cricket fans will remember what you have done.

  • on January 23, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    if BCCI wants to exit ICC, let it exit. I hate to see all the power given to 3 boards and creating an non democratic system. Crazy idea

  • TRAM on January 23, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    BCCI taking higher share of the income is fair IMO, since they generate the income (and their income needs to be distributed to the cricket of huge population of India). But decision making should not lie with just 3 wealthy countries. It is against democracy. Here (in USA) the Juries for the court are selected based on a fair distribution of representation of the 2 parties who contend in the court. If we apply the same logic here, the representation MUST be there from every cricket playing country. Only if that aspect is taken care of, cricket would be fine.

  • mzm149 on January 23, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    I think there should be voting on separate issues from all cricket boards instead of just one vote that whether they agree with complete change or not:

    1. Distribution of revenue generated 2. Future tour program or bilateral agreements 3. Two tier system 4. Should some boards be exempt from relegation

    The. It is fair and square. Otherwise it's just dictatorial.

  • cric-procrastinator on January 23, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    for people who are criticizing BCCI unnecessarily, let me explain in simple math why BCCI is not wrong. Let's say ICC gets 1 billion$ over the next 10 years. Lets asy ICC keeps 200 million (20%) for development of cricket and distributes 100 million to each of the 8 countries (i.e 10% each), then for example a country like sri lanka gets to invest 100 million on a population of 20 million people, whereas India which contributes 800 million of the 1 billion ICC revenue gets only 100 million to invest on a population of 1 billion people. How is this fair. No wonder India cannot even one produce one decent fast bowler because it just does not have enough money to spend on such a big population. The same fans from other countries who are criticizing BCCI for asking for a fair share also jibe India by saying it cant even produce one decent fast bowler out of 1 billion people. It is not the big population that produces bowlers, batsmen etc it is how much money you have to develop cricket.

  • Albanycrew on January 23, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    4) No relegation for the big three? Do you call that fair? This throws the entire "fair play" concept out the window.

    One of the commenters already pointed out that it is in the best interest of India to ensure other countries are helped when necessary. With fewer able countries the revenue from International Cricket will surely fall.

    I see a lot of proud Indian commenting here. I think India as a cricketing nation is a very valuable asset and a beacon of passion to International Cricket. But I hope the Indian fans understand the drawback of this proposal. Money is only one part of it (once again I am ok with India getting a bigger share). The rest are fairly short sighted (even though they will eventually help them make more money). India has recently became wealthier and has influenced the world in many ways (rightly so). But they should not forget the less fortunate (they were one of them not long ago). Humility can only help them in the long run.

  • tokoloshe on January 23, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    I am not sure about the stats here. We all know India generate the most money with CA and ECB next. What you guys don't realise is that cricket is losing popularity in WI, in South Africa they don't have the following to compete with the big 3 nor the population, Pakistan is in a bit of turmoil and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, NZ and Zim are far too small with not enough interest in the game to sustain it. If there isn't revenue generated from the big 3 for smaller nations, cricket in these countries dies. How much would you like to see India, Aus and England playing each other all the time. The fact is that world cricket needs all the nations and more to survive and grow. This cash will unfortunately have to come from India if they want to continue to see cricket all over the world and see the game we all love grow.

  • ForeverSouthAfrica on January 23, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    @Nawab67 I am no way saying that the Indian players are not talented. The question is when will they learn if they really dont play outside their own country!! And about South Africans not performing outside their country, I am not sure if you follow cricket but the team hasnt lost a series outside their country for six years. All I am saying is, India have to do this more.

  • FurqanKhan on January 23, 2014, 20:03 GMT one is against the Indian fans, we value those emotions about your heroes, I truely love Sachin and Dravid's batting and a big fan of Kohli. But your administrarors are making the fool of the world, they are drunk in money's power and as a result have come up with this paper. I also believe tht revenue affairs should be solved for your board but doing such things and blackmailing all will only result in disrespect for your board and in the end game will suffer. This is just like a village where a landlord wants every power and every benefit by ignoring others because he has more money and land. Money is necessary but i think game of cricket is greater than that. I would also jad not suuported it even if it was in best interests of my country or board because i love cricket and want it to be a global support with a lot of test playing nations.

  • Albanycrew on January 23, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    I don't see a big issue with India getting little more than they are now. I guess it is only fair. But here are the issues:

    1) why the power grab? Why is it necessary to make security council style committee? Why can't they be happy with just getting a bigger share of the revenue? Why attach all the other requirements that will only make them a bigger bully? 2) I don't like the sound of bilateral agreements. The smaller boards will suffer. India won't play them because it won't generate any money for them. So, it comes down to money rather than Cricket itself. I am not naïve to think that money has no part in it. But there has to be a balance. But now it is going towards becoming a commercial corporation rather than staying as a profitable pastime. 3) India will probably force/blackmail countries to play in India more often. How is that fair? The ranking will be useless when one country bullies everyone into always playing in its home ground (continued)

  • on January 23, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    ladies and gentlemen. This is the beginning of the end for cricket. Honestly I might be sounding overly dramatic. But I feel that we are on the top of a slippery slope and soon we are going to be sliding down towards the destruction of the great game we all love.

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    @MeTalHeD69: You missed the point and also contradicting your own statement. The level playing field is what India wants. Contribute and share, and dont always depend on free dole outs. In-fact there should not be any reward for laziness/incompetence of boards must not be rewarded. India should not be treated like world Cricket's Santa Clause especially when fans of other countries enjoy belittling India and Indian players. Everybody is winning only at home. Australia lost to India 4-0, but won handsomely in Australia, same is true for England, NZ CSA and all of them. But only Indian players are home track bullies. This is pure jealousy. You belittle India, you demean Indian culture but you want money generated by India. This is not level playing field. And don't worry all future sachins will still be coming from India and Indian fans will be adoring them.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 23, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, mate chillax! We both might be adversaries when it comes to cricket matches - you fighting tooth and nail to say that we are ordinary and I having a laugh at your distress. But in matters such as these, we both are comrades with interest of cricket close to our hearts. Won't you agree? Here it is - India hosts Zimbabwe vs India tours Zimbabwe. Who gets the money? Zimbabwe. India hosts Bangladesh vs India tours Bangladesh. Who gets the money? Bangladesh. Simple as that! And didn't Indian tour Zimbabwe and Bangladesh? Yes we did. So, your opposition is not only based on factual errors but also on improper understanding about who gets the revenues for hosting vs touring. I have nothing to lose whether you agree with me or not but I would point out that India did help many boards not only across the table but also on the field by touring those countries. I would be really happy if BCCI controls cricket instead of CA and ECB. I'm deeply concerned about these two boards.

  • aztecs on January 23, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    This move by the BCCI is suicidial, why? Well they keep throwing their weight around on the back of the IPL. What they forget is that its the sponsers who finance the league in hope they will tap into the world market. Its the fans that make the BCCI money, and it will be them that will make it go bust. Remember its all about TV ratings, no one watching the IPL will lead to lose of sponsorship, this will eventually collapse. The effect will even go as far as hurting there own ecenomy as we all know no one likes to do business with greedy tricksters. GL and Thank you BCCI for giving the other nations a real chance to break away from you :-)

  • on January 23, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    its high time these politicians are kicked out of the system or as simple as it is lets not go to the stadiums no matter what the series who plays...if the sport is not for the fans and is for the money...then let only the money makers play..boycott Indian matches...being a die hard Indian fan its sorry and sad to say this but this is the only way to save Cricket!!!

  • on January 23, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    @ ThePacifist1 Very rightly said...completely agree with you!!

  • on January 23, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    @Icc members please do not kill cricket to please a power hungry person. if my beloved India threatens to leave cricket so be it. please do not kill the sport we all grew up with and which has taught us many values

  • coldcoffee123 on January 23, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    India's oversees Test (ODI) record: 4-0 Eng, 4-0 Aus, 1-0 & 2-0 SA, 2-0 NZ. I will not be surprised if India soon finds itself relegated and join NZ/WI. That will be fun, and real justice to NZ/WI. I hope NZ blank India 5-0. And I am an Indian.

  • on January 23, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    this reminds of a Game of cant rely upon anyone and everyone is

  • Abrar_10 on January 23, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    If it really happens this will certainly kill cricket. May be many country will get additional financial advantages but it will ruin thousands of young talents in countries like Bangaldesh, Zimbabwe.

  • MeTalHeD69 on January 23, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    @ the_predator Unfortunately, this cannot be simply pinned to jealousy. This is an international game. India have chosen to be part of the ICC now they want to change it to suit them. The problem here is you're assuming all the other countries want India's money. That is not the case. We just want the game to be about cricket first. Now that the administrators have had a taste of financial success, suddenly the ones making the most want to throw their weight around. Sport is about a level playing field. This will kill cricket elsewhere, thereby nullifying the very thing you're talking about! India will literally be playing with itself after a while (and possibly kill off the sport's interest). If the trains and universities stopped for their cricket heroes, that's great. But what if future Sachin Tendulkars and Rahul Dravids are just stuck playing in the IPL, never having competition to really test themselves against? You might be a proud Indian, but are you a proud cricket fan?

  • IndianSRTfan on January 23, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Contd…being doled out to Cricket boards who are too inefficient to make improvements, too lazy to make Cricket popular, too dull to invest in infrastructure, so self-serving that their players are not paid for years on end, then I'm sorry but they don't deserve it. All those boards SL, PCB, WICB, CSA, have not been able to contribute anything financially to World Cricket's cause and yet they want 'a fair share' of profits? Were it a social welfare scheme, it would have been OK but this is professional sport and a business.

    Only change in new revenue sharing model should be that Big 3 each should be made to adopt one or two Associate countries. Countries which have no history of Cricket yet now playing it passionately deserve the support. Full time members too lazy to be efficient don't deserve a dime more than they generate.

  • IndianSRTfan on January 23, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    I think Indians have a habit of self-flagellation. Be it journalists or common fans. And foreigners have exploited that for a long time and use every opportunity to do so even now. Seen any articles from Coverdale condemning CA for a 'blackmail'? Read David Hopps' latest article? - one paragraph of stating the ill-effects while rest describing Giles Clarke's 'diplomatic triumph'. Saw any CA/Eng fans writing something on the lines of 'I'm Australian/English but I'm ashamed of CA/ECB...." Reading these articles and comments by Indians, one would think BCCI want nothing but destruction of World Cricket. Relax mates BCCI is not that stupid to kill the goose.

    I'm against the power-grab, I'm against the ridiculous relegation exemption from two tier system, I'm against so much executive power being concentrated to Big 3..But the revenue part, there is nothing wrong there. There is no way an entity generating 80% revenue would be satisfied ~8-10% of profits. And if this money is Contd....

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 23, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    @ForeverSouthAfrica...Your logic is very faulty. One side you say Indian cricketers are not talented and they only score runs when playing in India Fine, Let say this is true (Forget about India winning CT beating everybody OUTSIDE India for a min) then why isn't your talented players scoring runs in India? I don't see that from very talented Australians, Kiwis, Srilankans and English players when they play in India? Why isn't that Kiwis, Australia, Eng lost their series in India? Can somebody explain this to me. Point is... all your very talented players only play good in your own country no where else. Stop pointing fingers at Indian players.

  • Greatest_Game on January 23, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    @ ashok16 wrote "An ideal cricket season for me is 4 months of Ranji trophy followed by 3 months of IPL. And then 5 months of break or local city level matches. Hope this will lead to that."

    That would be great. IPL with no international players - enjoy your 3 months. Have fun. And the rest of the world will be quite happy without you, just as you will be happy. Each to his own.

    Now don't you go sneaking off and watch India vs NZ, or ANY other International cricket, ok? Just watch Ranji & IPL. Keep your word. NOTHING else. Can you keep your word? Really? Or are you perhaps not being quite truthful? I mean, why are you even commenting on this page? This article is not about Ranji or IPL, is it?

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    How can BCCI accept only $20 millions when it is generating $1200 millions. What logic is that? BCCI should get at least half of that and give half to the team playing against India. BCCI must get more money out of its contribution and people should not crow about it.

  • niazbhi on January 23, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    NZ and WI are negotiating their money.. the game is lost for those who are making the fans as their games. Unless fans and cricketers in Aus, NZ, Eng, WI speaks up and are able to push their boards into a corner, BCCI will have a lot of support.

  • GregHB on January 23, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    And so it begins. My very talented South African son has to choose between a career in football or cricket. I guess the decision has just been made for him.

  • IndianSRTfan on January 23, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    "Posted by shane-oh on (January 23, 2014, 17:58 GMT): "Let's explain this in very simple terms, so that even the dullest among us can understand:...." Before saying anything about that, I'll make one thing clear. I'm against so much executive power being concentrated in the hands of so few (Big 3). It is not good at all.

    You wisely point out (in simple terms, so that even the dullest could comprehend of course) that the revenue generated by Indian market is in part possible because of their opponents. Quite right. So, in simplistic terms (so the dullest among us are not confused), let's say that revenue is split equally amongst BCCI and the opponents who graced our shores. Last I checked BCCI brought in $1200 Million out of a total ICC revenue of $1500 Million. So by the logic mentioned above India should get $600 Million and saviour opponents $600 Million. What did we get? ~$20 Million? Before you poke holes into others' reasoning make sure your own is based on facts and not grudges.

  • r1m2 on January 23, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    It`s fair for BCCI to get larger chunk of the ICC`s revenue share. But ICC is a world cricket governing body. And more than the BCCI, I am more comprehensive about ECB and CA being 2 of the 3 in the ExCo. With these 3, any decision up for a vote, ECB and CA will always side with each other, and BCCI will be on their own. I don`t understand how BCCI can allow this to happen. BCCI needs another part in the top ExCo who will side with them. That could be CSA.

    However, at any rate, I also do not agree that the top countries in the ExCo should not be part of the relegation system. Every team must be part of the relegation system. THat`s better for cricket, more enjoyable for fans to see teams at the same level of capability compete against each other. And if the Indian or English or Aussie team is not at the top level of capability, then they should be relegated to play with lesser teams who are at their level.

    Current proposal will make ICC like UN and if that happens cricket will suffer

  • mrd1911 on January 23, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    A sad time for lovers of the sport. Brilliant for lovers of money.

  • mzm149 on January 23, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    FTP getting void is bearable, every board getting income according to their input is bearable but 2 tier system is most disgusting thing and the worst of all is that India, England and Australia will not be relegated. I have understanding that in first tier there will be four teams. Any team I. Second tier will have to compete with South Africa to get in first tier.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    If India gets exclusion from ICC its going to suffer the most not other Boards and instead of India , ECCB or Aus Board will become the vital driving power in ICC , I Would prefer these two Boards anytime over BCCI.

  • ForeverSouthAfrica on January 23, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    BCCI is a real disgrace to cricket! Bringing in blackmailing is going to further spoil the relationship with countries like South Africa or Pakistan. Hosting almost all the tours in India itself will thus lead to batting duels between teams and if India plays all their ODIs in Indian tracks always, why wont Indian players score about 50 hundreds in their career!! The equivalent of Sachin wont exist because a player has to prove himself especially playing abroad and India will not even give a chance for their players to do so. Cricket is never going to be the same, as it just became a game just for money!!

  • the_predator on January 23, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Its just extreme jealousy against INDIA that is coming out in this PAGE. Different people would have differnt reason. FANS from other countries who are publishing HARSH comments for INIDANS: If you/your countrymen had the passion for cricket then that would have reflected in the CASH you generate and money from us would not have constituted 80% of total revenue.Kalis SUCH a great cricketer. How many came to see his last test match? How many of you will fast for your heros ? How many of you will STOP trains to see your hero to SCORE century?Does SW companies in your country HALTS its operation and start celebration when your teams win? does university examination gets rescheduled due to world cup match under boycot threat from student unions?do you see this kind of ad in your country "sudheers (A FAN) god is retiring, his devotion should not". It is this passion which translets into money. generate this first Instead of bashing us. You will be even richer than BCCI. I am a proud INDIAN.

  • ashok16 on January 23, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    An ideal cricket season for me is 4 months of Ranji trophy followed by 3 months of IPL. And then 5 months of break or local city level matches. Hope this will lead to that.

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    @Charindra Chandrasena: I think you are the one who is displaying lack of knowledge. For india to go alone, IPL is a fine example of generating lot of money internally. And Indian board know that, therefore I am eager to see other boards trying not participating with India. In that case the bitter truth will be apparent to all critics of BCCI.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    My main problem (and it exists currently) is the FTP does not get followed. I know certain series generate more money (the ashes and aus vs ind etc) but i'd like to see the boards look past finances somewhat and have every country play eachother home and away. South Africa gets ripped off because no-one will tour them for a decent length of time, instead countries such as Australia go there at random times of the year for a short series. Cricket is becoming big business to the detriment of the game

  • SureshBravo on January 23, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Whats wrong here? BCCI generates huge income for ICC, so nothing wrong in getting big share as well as FTP for its own. Else BCCI also become bankrupt like other boards.

  • BigINDFan on January 23, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    As much as I dislike one or more boards calling the shots in an international sport such as cricket, this proposal is no worse than what has come up before. The ICC adds no value as an administrative body since it is powerless and clueless. Get rid of it and let the country boards negotiate and draw bi-lateral contracts for games. For world cup events let the boards get together and use an independent organizing firm to schedule and host the competitions. As for revenue distribution, it is only fair to give an appropriate share to those who bring in the revenue. This happens in business and cricket is a business not a non-profit organization. For those nations who are starved or revenue and need investment to play cricket, let them form partnerships with the boards and I am sure they will work out something. For example, India A can play Afghanistan XI or invite Zimbabwe to play the IPL or BBL. There is no use trying to curb power but focus on channelizing it correctly.

  • Jedimaster on January 23, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    I see some people making the argument that since the BCCI is generating the most money, they are entitled to the largest share of the spoils. Two points:

    As far as I know, they are already getting the largest share. Under this new proposal, they'll get even more. They claim that this will be merely proportional to what they bring in.

    The second point that is unsaid is that the BCCI is rather lucky, through no particular skill of their own, to be associated with the absolutely HUGE Indian market, which through some more good fortune also happens to be cricket mad. Thus, TV rights in India are EXTREMELY lucrative.

    However, the continued popularity of the sport amongst the Indian public depends on India having international opponents. Therefore, money that India spend to support other, less-fortunate international teams is in fact an investment in India's own continued future, to ensure that there remain enough international teams to play against.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Cricket is a gentlemen's game, be it like that. Dont involve greediness in cricket. It would not remain a game but turn into business

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 23, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Who ever replied to my old mesg...You don't know jack about american sports. In case of forign NBA players, to play for thier country even for olympics...they need to take permission from NBA team owner...most of the time they do get the permission though. As for MLB, it is played in more countries then cricket( all latin american countries, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and lot more). You proved my point though, just playing cricket within India, BCCI can generate enough money. No need to play anybody.

  • Dilmah82 on January 23, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Let the BCCI withdraw from ICC events...lets see how long they last playing just IPL and getting hammered in Australia and UK...If they don't play big events sponsors and fans will eventually lose interest and with it will probably take some of the potential revenue the BCCI can make. Cricket survived well before India's off field dominance, and no reason it can't again. No single country should be allowed to dictate terms of the entrire sport

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    I am an Indian and i condemn this decision with all my heart. I am in love with this sport and if this is how some useless body wants to control the game in the world then i feel ashamed and embarrassed to see that this cricket body belongs to my country. Really a bad decision in the interest of the game and this will taint the image of India in front of other countries which is so untrue as the decision is taken by only a few indians and not all. Further, as an Indian fan i feel disappointed and disgusted that the reason this body is so blatantly boasting of the revenues is because of people like me who go out and watch matches and support the teams unconditionally.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    BCCI and their utter nonsense to destroy cricket... and the BCCI saga continues.

  • dissapointed on January 23, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    All of the comments I have read so far discuss the merit of revenue share. There won't be any if the restructure goes ahead. For the BCCI, ECB and CA to even think they are the top tier and can't be dislodged is ridiculous. I watched the Indians in Australia last summer and this summer England. Neither team wanted to be there, there was no fight... before Indian fans talk about results in India v's Australia, it was poor cricket by Australia but there was fight.

    As soon as the BCCI was GRANTED some power years ago the amount of drama and corruption in world cricket has spiraled out of control. I believe it's best for cricket that the sub continent plays their brand of cricket against each other and Australia, England, West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa play against each other and leave it at that. It will become apparent which cricket has the most value in a season or two and then the BCCI will regret there bullying tactics.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    It is IPL baby!! All the top cricketers will move to India and IPL will be as big as NFL, NBA etc.. Australia and Eng understand this and have thrown their towel in. Irrespective of control and other sundry matter, BCCI has been very clear in getting its fair revenue share.

  • Sagar543 on January 23, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    certainly its a situation for superman or spiderman.can't any board come and help cricket. cant we have justice.bullying at its best.wat about strategies like globalization of cricket .truly a disaster for fans and cricket

  • mzm149 on January 23, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    I have no problem in India getting larger share. But let's consider this scenario. When India plays against Pakistan in India, they get all the money. Similarly when India visits UAE to play against Pakistan, Pakistan should get all the money. But did India ever come to play Pakistan in UAE in last four years? No. Do they plan to come? No. Who is at loss there? Clearly Pakistan. Is there any agreement that if Pakistan visits India, India will visit them to play equal matches? With FTP now becoming void, Pakistan will suffer the most.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Asbsolutely disgusting from the BCCI!! The end of cricket as we know it!!

  • VenkyN on January 23, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Everyone on this who has criticized the restructuring planned should put their money where their mouth is. Send some money to your boards so that they can pay their players fees without feeling the pinch and then you can come back and talk about it. If it is indeed true that 80% of the revenue is being generated in events where India participates then it is only fair that the BCCI asks for a larger share of the revenue.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Nawab67 - Don't display your lack of knowledge. American football is played at a serious level only in USA, the non-americans who play NBA don't skip their national duty for it. They play when they have no international matches. Same goes for MLB. And what you're forgetting is that, apart from basketball, the other two sports are purely american inventions and are unlikely to become truly global sports (even to the extent cricket has) and therefore the biggest crowds they get are for their domestic league. The same applies for Basketball, although it has a wider international following.

    Cricketers of other countries would get tired of playing for franchise all their life without aspiring to international cricket. Money might attract a few players, but they won't stick around for a long time, unless they are at retirement age or out of favour with their selectors. Indian cricket would suffer if they chose to go it alone. I honestly can't wait for them to try.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 23, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    @Dhanno ...Like your name you don't know anything... All your good players (except Pak players, who we don't want) want to play in INDIA..No question about it. We will pay them obsceane amount of money to play in IPL. Lets see where they would like to play!!!

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    BCCI is forgetting one thing. It generates 80% of ICC revenue by playing with other ICC members. If India has to play within itself all year along, it cannot sustain and generate same revenues. Talk about killing the golden goose:)

  • Tariq-TX on January 23, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Why don't India, Australia and England form a private group to play each other only? Lets see if that gets boring enough for them and need other participants to keep cricket alive in these 3 countries.

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    @Dhanno: I dare if your board has that much guts. Without India playing your board will not be able to pay even the fees of the players. Did you forget how Srilankan board could not pay their players for months. Accept it BCCI is generating money and will take it share. Too bad if you dont like it. There is nothing called free ride.

  • LokiBluffmaster on January 23, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    All BCCI is doing is good. I just want to ask a simple question from all the critics out there? if in an organisation an emplyee works for 10hours a day and get 1000rs similarly his colleagues do the same job for 5 hours and get 1000 rs per day than what you think is this would be justifiable on the part of the first employee. Answer is no 90% of revenue is generated by indian board then y it should get satisfied for less.....and for all the dumbheads saying that dump india out of icc actually we dont mind getting out of icc as india itself is very big market for cricket and every one I jn this country is mad about this game but was just wondering that what implication it would cause on ther other countries what they will do in 20% left revenue..... Ghantaaa baba ji ka.

  • warneneverchuck on January 23, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Bcci shud not allow the team to play in a major event like WC then people wil come to know the value of money bcci brings. I doubt even wc wil get enough sponsors without india's participation

  • shane-oh on January 23, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Let's explain this in very simple terms, so that even the dullest among us can understand: the Indian market generates the lions share of revenue in cricket because of it's size. However, this is only possible because India has opponents to play against. Therefore, to claim that nations other than India don't contribute to this revenue is deliberately deceiving.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    I can only hope and pray for the good of cricket. Hope... BCCI understand the feeling of cricket lovers. :( cricket lovers does not want this to happen what BIG3 is planning. dear BCCI, ECB, CA, If you are in loss with cricket, leave cricket. I think you people are not contented with the money you get from cricket. YOU JUST WANT MORE AND MORE MONEY. Don't put your greedy thinking on the gentlemen's game. ==> cricinfo, PLEASE PUBLISH!

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    All those crying foul including media people are just emotional lot. There is a harsh reality of finances. You generate finance and then you should be able to keep it. Whats wrong in BCCI asking their fair share? I see most of the fans criticizing BCCI are from the countries whose cricket boards are bankrupts and incompetent. They simply want money from BCCI and then criticize it at first moment. Go break from BCCI and you will see your boards will not be able to pay players fees. Ask Srilankan board.

  • vish2020 on January 23, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Last year ICC revenue was $1500 million and India brought in $1200 million of that. While India got paid $20 million just like NZ, Bangla, Sri, Pak... WHAT???!!! and look at the fans here with their comments on India and Indians! why should we as indians be so generous when others have all negative comments? get a life!

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    I think that it is fine for the BCCI to ask for and get more of a share of the money. No problems there at all. The issue is the plan to CONTROL all of what happens in cricket based on that. They can and should take more money, but there is no reason for the degree of control that is being imposed on the world of cricket.

  • shane-oh on January 23, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    @SanjuKarthikeyan - unless you are dependent on those partners to generate that revenue - a fact being conveniently ignored by BCCI apologists.

  • yezdi70 on January 23, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with BCCI wanting a bigger share of profits. Its probably only fair....That isnt the issue however....the scrapping of the FTP and leaving the future tours in the hands of the individual boards like BCCI gives BCCI the leverage to arm twist other members into agreeing into things they dont want to...else India wont tour them. Thats what the real problem is. All the other issues can be overlooked.

  • SinSpider on January 23, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    It is not very clear what is the issue here? If BCCI wants 21% of the revenue, what is the problem (especially if it generates 80% of ICC revenues). Secondly, assuming that CA and ECB also get about 15% each, it totals to only ~50% of the revenue. That leaves the rest half to be shared by other non-contributing nations.

    Nations like WI, Paksitan, SL, Bangladesh etc are not supporting cricket well enough. For countries like NZ cricket is NOT the top priority. Then why should they get equal share?

    The proposed model will either encourage cricketing nations to boost cricket in their countries or kill it completely.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    The most heartening thing to emerge from this shockingly blatant attempt to impose what amounts to a hostile corporate takeover of world cricket by The Greedy Three is the overwhelming opposition to it by those of us - including the vast majority of English, Aussie & Indian fans - who have no wish to see the game we love reduced to the level of a vulgar second-hand car auction. A quick scan of the results of the Cricinfo poll on this issue reveal that 92% of us oppose this disgraceful resolution. It's clear, then, that we speak with one voice.

    To assume that we have little or no power in influencing the outcome of these proposals would be a gigantic error on our part. On the contrary, it's we who wield the only kind of power these gangsters truly understand, as it's *our* hard-earned cash which bankrolls them. We need to create a worldwide online petition outlining our collective opposition, ensure that it carries the signatures of millions, & then despatch it ASAP to the ICC.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    i think some people mixing revenues with other issue. to me revenue is not issue. if bcci generating more should get more simple. its decision making or control where it gets tricky. we all know their stance of drs. we all know how they pressurized csa for appointing their own administator of their choice. thats where it gets bad. now even this statement is like blackmailing. if they r doing now then they can do that after power. if they just keep it to finances and leave ftp/ test structure/ decision making then thats ok.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on January 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Being an INDIAN Fan,

    I oppose this draft.

    I really hope other nations oppose it.

    If they don't then I believe fans from other nations should not cry !

    Because all I care about is fair Cricket...!

    Also, I believe, other boards too PCB, SLC etc. (except CSA) are greedy to make money, so they won't oppose it. But why the hell am I commenting here ? Will BCCI pay me for it ? NOOOOO !!

    please play Cricket not politics....

    Everybody wants money..Huh !

  • vish2020 on January 23, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    So much bashing on India. Well, send in some thanks as well because that cash your own teams used to get even on balances was provided by Indians. You quietly take the cash but when it comes to let the lion, take lions share then everyone comes calling fairness. be quiet, money talks!

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    For all those stating this is good for cricket, well done... We have almost lost all of cricket in the carribean islands... Cricket in NZ is definitely dwindling and I dont quite know how well Test cricket is in any other country but for Aus and England. With this proposal let us make sure we destroy cricket in these countries. What more lets make a draft that says no revenue will be paid to all the other countries like Ireland, Afghan etc where the talent seems to be gaining ground...

    cricket will never get a Olympic Status. I have already started boycotting Indian cricket matches and the day is not far when many others will follow suit. BCCI and IPL will definitely destroy cricket and is going to create a scenario similar to ICL or the world series of the late 80's. I just wish JiggsBda's proposal does come into play once

  • reality_check on January 23, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Whenever one has to bully someone to accept a proposal, it WILL ALWAYS turn out to be a bad proposal for the one being bullied. If the proposal is so good as the BCCI claims, then why threaten other boards?

    Shame on BCCI for acting this way. Before I was 10% behind this proposal just to give benefit of the doubt to the big three. Now I am 0% behind it.

  • reluctant_fan on January 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    BCCI is trying to kill the very goose that lays golden eggs for it. It has forgotten what has made it one of the richest sporting bodies in the world... the sport of cricket itself. Trying to stifle its promotion is going to bring down the sports popularity and along with it BCCI.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Total rubbish. BCCI wants only money. Why dont BCCI play with richer countries? Go India, play with USA, Russia. China and earn lots of money. Cricket will be better without BCCI. I am 100% sure, indian fan would not be happy with this. They are die hard fan of cricket. But due to some stupid people at the top, all the other countries will very soon start hating India, Australia & England. But, it looks like India is the main Culprit who convinced 2 other jokers, England & Australia in returns of some small percentage.. Shame on BCCI, CA & ECB. And shame on ICC for allowing such a thing to prolong this further..

  • kochumvk on January 23, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    It's not cool to dictate. All deserves equal status. But when it comes to facilitating better opportunity for a bigger section of people in India even that 20 per cent is not much. This nation is not like some other who have may be 1 per 1000 people as cricket fans.In India 99 percent will be cricket fans.

    At least 80 per cent of comments on cricinfo is piled up by Indians! Yes that is done by a very small section of fans who are better privileged. There are a lot many times guys out there who knows not just Sachin but Laura and Pending. But they still don't have access to Internet.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:39 GMT an Indian I feel shame of how bcci is overacting...plzz bangladesh dnt get mad n spprt pak,rsa,sl n oppose this ridiculous draft system...let india pull out of icc events,I dnt care for the sake of cricket.

  • mzm149 on January 23, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar : I hope it happens the way you are saying. No one wants to see worst bowling attack and flat track bullies play.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    How can South Africa not be considered a power hitter? They can thrash India (just done so) and England on any day. India does not have a single bowler who can be considered in the same league as Steyn or Morkel or Phillander; who in India is as good as Amla or Smith etc. Its shameful that mediocre teams like India and England want to be the biggest powers of all. India is getting thrashed by the Kiwis now and even Bangladesh had a clean series sweep (win) against the same Kiwis only a few months ago.

  • Dhanno on January 23, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    well if there was bit of sanity nations would not accept the draft proposal. Ask CA and ECB to join them and let Indian be left on its own. Imagine this, yes Australia doesnt get to play indian but there can be meaningful series against PAK, SA and Ashes. Same holds for other nations. WI will get to play bigger 3 nations (SA< AUS< ENG) more often for more useful Test cricket. Yes revenues will falter for a while. But teams will have to be strong. Just imagine what would India do ? Play substandard IPL with only "national" players ? Imagine cutting off India from any International cricket, no tours, no one coming to India nothing. 1 year of no one to play against (which will cut their revenues) and they will come crawling back to remaining members.

    This is same as galli cricket, the kid with bat wont play if he is given out. Well let him take his bat and go, find something else to play for couple days and he will come back begging to take him in.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 23, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    All those people who think Indian cricket will die, if they don't play other countries... Have you ever heard of NFL (USA), NBA (USA) and MLB (USA).. There is All your good players will want to play in India and make money just like in US sports. You will be left with nobody....

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Bcci showing their real face , simplie they just wanna kill cricket with this proposal

  • SanjuKarthikeyan on January 23, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Well , If you are putting more money in a business. you are entitled to get a bigger dividend - simple and clear. All those who commented, tell me whether you will go for equal amounts of dividend even if your business partners put 15% and you put 85% , We all know the answer - don't we ?

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Just want to know, how these people like Srinivasan become part of BCCI.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    ICC members need to think first whether they want to keep "Cricket" as an international game or make it as local game,for example "Kabadi" in sub-continent.If they want to make it local game than there is no problem to pass the proposal.But, if they want to keep it's standard as international sports,than they must not pass it.

    Cricket is a game,is an entertainment,it's an excitement.If new proposal is approved than, Cricket will lose it's international flavor,glamor will be disappeared.

  • nlegendbucks on January 23, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I totally agree with the money sharing scheme coz what's wrong with India Sharing 21% Global Revenue of ICC when it helps ICC in earning 80% such Income. Its totally Cool. Why are other Countries Crying - only coz the money Which CSA , Pakistan are currently receiving will no more allotted to them which is truly just coz they are not generating enough cash at global levels. Were is the Justice you guys are criticising BCCI for demanding a more favourable money allotment

    & for Bilateral Tours both Teams should Have equal say with legal contractual obligation from ICC as it is decided by ICC FTP.

  • Gloryof96 on January 23, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    I just checked for news, I think there is already a formula to breakaway and to form separate international cricket body. They players are against this madness.

    Would China get behind this to upset the Indian apple cart?

  • JiggsBda on January 23, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    There is a way to stop BCCI.... The other countries can refuse to play India... blow them up with their own dynamite

  • that_guy on January 23, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Golden goose, seems like such a good Idea to slit it's throat for some quick cash

  • starsgap1986 on January 23, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    India will have to have at least one major ICC tournament every two years? What's wrong with that? Let them make more money while they can. This way they are only promoting the game all over the country.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    SportsObserver, the boot is in the other foot there - If BCCI simply removes the home board approval clause in its player contracts, given the sheer amount of money a lot of good internation players will play IPL, even if it means no cricket for them - remember a lot of the IPL participating players get more money for this one tournament than most of them get in their life-times simply playing cricket. Remember - before IPL, a lot of players at the expense of being banned by their boards did participate in ICL, even went on tours to banned SA.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 23, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Solution to this problem is very simple...All the remaining cricketing boards need to say to BCCI..You take what you earned i.e. 80% of revenues and oblize to ICC rules. Let BCCI decide what they want to do. Can other countries live with this solution? Can remaining cricketing boards live of thier means? then so be it.

  • mhk21 on January 23, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Boycott them , no international player should go there .... they would form their own league , play 24/7 356 days a year ....bowlers will get destroyed ......they will eventually replace bowlers with bowling machines .....hence after 4-5 years they will be only left with batsmen and their cricket will buried in dust ....and then they will the that money is not the only thing !!!

  • inot on January 23, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Memories are short. From 1936 to 1967 India played 100 test matches. They won 10 and lost a bunch. Their record was so poor that even with their recent "surge" their current record is 121 wins to 150 losses.They still have losing records against Aus, Eng, WI, SA and Pak but with their new found wealth they feel they have a right to control the future of the sport. Sadly, this is India's way of showing respect and gratitude to the patient nations that supported its development as a cricketing nation. How about a formula based on your 6th place standing India?

  • kochumvk on January 23, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Dear concerned_cricketer and others who just hates what BCCI is doing, Have you ever seen how cricket is being played in this poor nation?

    If not I will try to explain you, they are playing with improved cricket bats made from coconut leaf stems and handmade balls in the country side. While there parents cannot even feed them properly gets a used crt TV set using a long time saving for their cricket sick kid!

    And when they play? Well when they don't have a palace to sleep, they have to play on roads mostly or fight with cattles for that little room.

    Have you ever seen how the face of a kid glows when he sees an INR 10 rubber ball? Oh you may not have seen such cheap commodities!!!

    Take a tour to this poor nation that feeds the cricketing world with its madness for cricket, if you are still not getting the pictures. And yes ask BCCI for that malaria injection too.

    And tell us after that you need that money from this starving population. I may not have much more to say then

  • InsideHedge on January 23, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    @ concerned_cricketer: Oh please, just read the comments. There's hardly any Indian fans here who are supporting the draft.

    If you actually read the comments section, and especially over a number of years here on CricInfo, you'll see there's an enormous amount of jealousy against India which manifests itself to hatred. This almost always leads to people making pre judgments.

    Whether you agree with the draft or not, there are serious problems with the manner in which the game is being run at present. There are a considerable number of boards (not just Associate countries) who run the game incompetently in their host countries and take an enormous slice of the revenue. Almost none of the handouts are then pumped back into the game and infrastructure.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    ICC should be left to top 3 countries and the rest all should disassociate and form another organization. If BCCI, ECB and CA are blackmailing them now what would they do in future.

  • Robeli on January 23, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    India became greedy when they realized how successful T20 is and jumped into the money business with IPL. That effectively killed cricket a big way world wide and centerred it all to India. With players seeing the opportunity to make a quick buck or two, they started to play less and less domestic in their own country and started to 'prioritze' their schedule, ala KP. Slowly ODI and T20 at country level started to decline, with more and more importance into IPL. Now India wants to do the same with tests. If this proposal goes through, I foresee test cricket to be only played in Ind, Eng and Aus in a couple of years. Yea, sure SL, SA, Pak, etc. will be able to play, but only in those 3 countries. That is the essence of this proposal so all money can be generated in those 3 counties. And that just because the TV rights and crowds are there (supposedly). You just have to look at WI. They are the perfect example why this model will fail. No money, no players, cricket deteriorates.

  • Sandasiri_Asitha on January 23, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Oh.. Please !! whts happening.....????

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    i think south africa sri lanka new zeland bangladesh west indies boards must tell their players to boycott ipl to save the game of cricket then bcci immediately withdraw that plan cricketers like ponting warne gilchrist mcgrath flintoff nasir hussain sachin kapildev dravid ganguly kumble will talk about this publically

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    @ manizee: Really, then why are they not being able to generate enough revenue? Other than big 3 all other boards are not being watched by many in spite of what you are saying here. Its economics. I still think BCCI is being generous in asking only 21% share when it is contributing 80% of revenue.

  • MiddleStump on January 23, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    It is easy to get emotional and scream that the sky is falling under the new proposal. But cricket has evolved and will continue to do so. Back in the 60's, almost all the power was in the hands of the ECB. India was forced to play four day test matches since they were considered a weak side. Sri Lanka was not given Test status and South Africa was banished. Nobody could question those decisions. It is also true that the BCCI supported the inclusion of Sri Lanka and South Africa as full members and regular test sides. A return of 21% is not much when India is arguably helping to generate 80% of revenue. The IPL and the BCCI are responsible for the huge salaries being paid to current players. How much revenue can New Zealand or the West Indies contribute? It is possible that opposition from South Africa and Pakistan is due to a clash of personalities. If one or two additional members are chosen by rotation in the decision making body,it would still be more democratic than in the past.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on January 23, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    If BCCI want to go, let them. There will be a negative impact on IPL: it would lose it's ICC approval. Doesn't playing in a non-ICC-endorsed tournament effectively prevent you from playing under the auspices of the ICC?

    There would be great concerns about this from anyone putting money into that tournament: advertisers, holders of broadcasting rights and franchise owners. The sources of funding will press the BCCI to back down or moderate their stance. Without the sources of funding, the "millions" will decrease or even dry up.

    Players could chase the "millions" and abandon their countries, but they could pay by becoming cricketing pariahs and lose all other sources of income. That's is the "millions" are still there to chase. What would happen to an up-and-coming international player entering the IPL auction who wasn't bought? It could be the end for them.

    BCCI can't and won't do it. This is an empty threat.

  • Copernicus on January 23, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    An additional question for all the Indian fans out there - is there anything you can practically do to stop this? I've heard that politicians are often involved in Indian cricket; would it be possible to write to some of these politicians asking them to rein in the BCCI's madness? I've already written to my home board (Cricket Australia) expressing my disgust, but beyond that I don't feel like there's much I can do. Though I have decided to boycott all the World Cup matches I was so keen for next year :-(.

  • AM.Green on January 23, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    I wonder if other countires like SA, NZ, SL, WI, Pak & BD will Surrender to the arrogance, greediness and bulliness from Indians. I really hope England will oppose Indians on these unfair proposals and will not go after the money their players may earn by playing betting-affected IPL.

  • pull_shot on January 23, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    I always wonder where will bcci income will go and i think bcci came to a stage where it is going to kill goose for golden eggs

  • starsgap1986 on January 23, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    As far as the revenues go I think the big members do deserve bigger chunk of the slice. But as far as decision making is concerned it should only be done by ICC made up of all the playing countries.

  • iHitWicket on January 23, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    This is nothing short of hostile take over of the sport of cricket by BCCI.

    For a country rich in its cricketing tradition, for its players and for its millions upon millions of fans, it's nothing short of humiliation when their passion for the game (~ money they spend on it) is being used to gain absolute control over all aspects of cricket and convert it into a circus to be run by the whip of the ring master.

    We don't see BCCI as the upholder of cricket's hallowed traditions nor expect it's conduct to be fair and square.

    We look upon past and present cricketers to uphold these traditions. Don't hold back to be drowned in the coffers of BCCI. Lend your voice to the outrage we fans are feeling. You owe that to the sport we all dearly love.

  • mensan on January 23, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    poor, pathetic, disgusting... let BCCI concentrate on IPL.

  • Copernicus on January 23, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    i truly hope the other boards call India's bluff on this. it will backfire spectacularly on the BCCI and hopefully torpedo this whole "big three" nonsense, maybe even forcing them to treat the rest of the cricketing world with a modicum of respect.

  • pull_shot on January 23, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @ Ruhul Mahfuz Joy The problem is except big 3 other countries struggle to salary to players without indian cricket but if u form another league still no harm to indian IPL that will take care rest of d things

  • Texmex on January 23, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    So one board generates 80% of global revenues and if it asks for 21% share it is blackmail? Vow!

  • princeofnyc on January 23, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    BCCI as it currently stands (and for the last few years) is more interested in making money and least interested in the advancement of cricket. It is indeed time for ex-cricketers or actual cricket lovers to take over the organizations from the hands of politicians or alleged criminals.

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    @the_predator: Totally agree with you. People should not blame BCCI for their own short comings. No board/country should depend on any other board for handouts. If they can generate income then there will be equanimity and respect. Look at other boards. Pakistan is a mess, have no home to play due to their own problems/creation. No country wants to go and play and one country which went there was lucky not to lose life of their players. All other boards cant generate enough income and are heavily dependent on the big 3, mostly on BCCI. Why BCCI must be blamed for their incompetence? if other boards could generate enough income then this debate would not have happened. So accept it. Those proposing to boycot big 3 can do on their own peril. In boycott situations they will not have enough money to support cricket activities in their country. Time has changed, bring in money or follow the big 3.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Do us all a favour and pull out from all the future ICC events starting from the t20 WC actually start from the aisa cup

  • nadodi on January 23, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    ban bcci .without other team they are nothing.then automatically they will surrender.

  • Tarzansree on January 23, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Good job BCCI. You also need to groom and bring up other asian countries like Afganistan, Nepal, Hong Kong, UAE and of course Chaina and other south asian countries

  • sams235 on January 23, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Rest of the world cricket -- I am one of the countless Indian fans who want this madness NOT to go through. If it costs India not able to play any events, let it be. Seriously. We got sick of BCCI aswell.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Isn't it a fact that Pakistan Board was asking for more matches so that they can make more money ? So what is wrong if India asks for a big chunk if the ICCs revenues are higher with India's involvement ? I donot understand the logic of those who are opposing this, not that I like it myself, since their Boards need money? Is it only because India's name figures in the major stake that they are unhappy? Do not these boards keep on asking for more revenues when the matches are played in their countries with other Test playing nations?

  • j_rana33 on January 23, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Nonsense idea for destroy cricket...

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Like any other sport, Cricket is also a business. Bottom line is money. Countries that are not producing enough revenue must promote the business of cricket, which includes facilities, player development, training and most of all security! Who wants to go to Pakistan and play cricket where there is still anarchy? Why are they playing in Dubai? Fix these problems first. Talk is cheap. Do something to enhance your game in your country and start telling BCCI to take note of that and renegotiate to walk the talk. Don't just write comments without any merit to what you are writing. How can any other cricket playing country tell ICC that they want equal revenue when India produces 50-75% of the revenue? It doesn't matter whether India is #1 or #8 in the ICC ranking. Learn how to eat crow first before you savor the taste of caviar. India has eaten enough crow. It is time for caviar. Get your thought process right and direct them to lift you above mediocrity. Sounds like a sermon - Yes, it is!

  • truecric_fan on January 23, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    We need an alternate to ICC.

  • SaudAlvi on January 23, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    @Ashok Jaga - No bro .. that demand has already been met for year now(Wc / series / matches in gen. )

  • SportsObserver on January 23, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    So what if BCCI pulls out of ICC events or even ICC?! Smaller nations have very little, so very little to lose.. Who will lose a BILLION dollar industry? Can IPL survive without India playing international cricket? BCCI will be decimated without the rest of the cricket world.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Much do about nothing. The proposal recommends a maximum allotment of 21% of the ICC's revenues to the BCCI on the grounds that Indian cricket helps generate 80% of ICC's global revenues. BCCI is actually being generous here.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 23, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    @concerned_cricketer.. What country do belong to? Just wanted to know

  • Atish_Man on January 23, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    @ The_predator You wont get a reply from anyone. Because they dont have an answer. All they can do is bashing India.

  • manizee on January 23, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Yes please boycott ICC events, BCCI. Most cricket fans outside India don't give a hoot about the Indian team. They are no Windies of the 80s or Australia of the noughties. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are way more entertaining and South Africa are a class apart. I for one will not miss this overhyped team. If it's less money for cricket do be it, at least we will still have the sport. Cricket was there before India and will survive this onslaught by India.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Since i heard about this draft i am absolutely gutted and kind of angry as well and what makes me more angry is that where are our legends?? don't they know about this draft?? They should know that cricket needs them at this point for one last time to be saved from these business men from these three countries who don't give a damn about cricket their only goal is just to fill their accounts!Shame on Srinivasan, Giles Clarke and Wally Edward they should know that YES money in Important in this day and time but for the cost of what??? DESTROYING CRICKET??

  • AbQadir on January 23, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    this mentality would be very harmful for not only the wonderful game of cricket, but also for these 3 boards. Imagine if other boards form their own cricket council, leaving behind these 3 boards playing with each other again and again, furthermore play a three team world cup and so on. I don't think anybody would like to watch then, including indian fans i guess who love the game of cricket.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    just because bcci make 80% of icc's revenue doesn't mean they can do whatever they like. BCCI must think about the fans of other country.BCCi have no rights to play with fans' emotion and passion for the game.

  • Temuzin on January 23, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    @Ruhul Mahfuz Joy : I understand your pain. but that will be very counter productive. The big three will not lose any sleep over your move because most of the board you have mentioned are not good enough to generate enough income to sustain the growth of the game their countries. Pakistan on other hand has no home and depends on third country to host shelling out money to use their stadiums and management. This is a serious loss to Pakistan as her own grounds remains unused. Srilanka and Zimbabwe, BD and Bangladesh are all financially struggling and seriously need to popularize cricket in their own countries to generate revenue. At present only 3, Eng, Aus and Ind are successful in generating enough finances from the game and are not willing to share their income with any one else it seems..

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    now bargaining and some deals will be done. issue though is what guarantee others have? recent india vs sa series is an example. and they are just doing it for getting votes. another question is for how long? they can offer a small board something but for how long it will go? inida has not played BD very often so for how many matches or series they will agree? point is these are short term benefits so boards should not buy this.

    its not only about getting share. if its just money they should increase bcci share and thats it. otherwise we all know how conservative is tge bcci's response on sone matters like drs etc. what will happen about that?

  • DD_f0rever on January 23, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    PCB should put some clever terms and conditions in front of so called-Big 3 !

    If the Big 3 are ready to support PCB financially as we are not playing in home..then PCB should agree.

    Also, PCB should convince the Big 3 to tour Pakistan on regular basis...after India is Pakistan that has the highest fan following !!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 23, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    I am not sure why everyone is missing the point. If you bring in more money, you get more to take home. So, CSA/SL/PCB/WI et. al. are now worried that they really have to work now, rather than waiting for hand outs from ICC. No surprise then that the whining gets louder.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    I dont understand! Why don't Bangladesh stand firmly against this decision. Why are they delaying their comment?!?!!! As a Bangladeshi and a huge fan of bangladesh Cricket, i am ashamed of my boards lack of "personality".

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    The epicentre of cricket is shifting from Lord's to Eden Gardens. But India, be advised to trod carefully, because if India is seen by other nations as having too much power, AUS, ENG, NZ and SA would close ranks. PAK would be more inclined to go with them and so would SL and WI, leaving IND to play Test cricket all by themselves. AUS, NZ, SA ENG would find feel more comfortable under the authority of the ICC than under the BCCI. Don't be surprised if these nations break into two factions, because change has a way of doing that.

  • Atish_Man on January 23, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    @ Aseem ashraf. Right mate . It wont b diffcult for big three to get zim and Bangladesh. If any one of them go against big3 draft will get rejected. Cricket will win however that country will suffer more. Remember G7 cannot give much to Zim znd bangladesh what big3 can easily. Its not a big task for bcci to award a series of 5 odis each to these two countries.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    This is real shame... BCCI is going out control. Indian Gov should bring BCCI under its control. Enough of this autonomy, especially, when it gets abused constantly

  • Nigah on January 23, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    This decesion only destroy the game of Cricket and nothing else. Its the curse of IPL, Big Bash kind of leagues who bring too much money in the game and deprive the real beauty of cricket.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on January 23, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Actually India doesn't even need CA or ECB. We can just do it alone. International cricket is boring, and it is IPL which excites the 1.2 Billion strong Indian audience. I don't think anyone is going to miss international cricket in India. I hope that BCCI strengthens IPL and also starts a winter league for ODIs, and then everything will be taken care of. If international players want to come and play in IPL fine, or else no one will miss them. Let us look at the USA, and how it conducts sports. It plays professional sports only at the domestic level (baseball, basketball, and american football). With the start of IPL in 2008, now international cricket is a true burden on India and BCCI. I am glad that BCCI is taking this tough stand. IPL all the way....

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Some sensible comments here and some over the top comments criticizing Indians and India as a nation. For everyone's information, BCCI is not liked by the majority of Indians, so don't blame the nation for the doings of a power hungry people in BCCI. We are also helpless at the moment, hoping that none of the above said proposal comes to effect. I feel as Indian fans we need to take a stand and boycott BCCI, but that again is not easy to do because BCCI is organized and the fans are not.

  • rajithwijepura on January 23, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    First South Africa, then Srilanka have expressed they are gonna vote against the proposal. Its time to wake up other cricket boards and defeat BCCI hypocrisy on the table

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    BCCI requesting you for the sake of cricket please withdraw this proposal. No one will get benefited doing it,,

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 23, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    @Discrm: "Pakistan and Sri Lanka matches produces a lot of revenue too. I don't see their committee pushing revenue centered agendas through ICC. " Really? If so, then they don't need to crib about this revenue sharing...right?

  • Imranzia on January 23, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    It should be the other way round. rest of the test nations should get together and boycott the ICC. You dont need the ICC to play cricket!

  • First_Drop on January 23, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Is it possibe to be not surprised and still shocked by India's latest attempt to blackimail the cricketing world? 'Do what we say or else'....

    This is clearly a sign of things to come. They should be outcast from the international game - we need to do without their money. Their behaviour is getting more and more dictatorial.

  • harsha_chu on January 23, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    As an Indian cricket fan, I apologize to all fans from the other countries ! :-(

  • concerned_cricketer on January 23, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Is there at least one Indian fan out there who believes this is the right way for cricket to go? Take a deep breat and have a think about what the right way is. Please set aside for a moment all the slights that Indians might have received from the then powers prior to late 1980s. I can relate to and am angry about some of the humiliating experiences of players like even Gavasker. But think about what the right decision is. Think about what Gandhi would have suggested, had he been alive.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Blackmail. Pure and simple. They ate attempting to hold others financially hostage. This is bullying at its best!

  • sandy_bangalore on January 23, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    My hatred for BCCI and Indian cricket at large just grows with every passing day. Both on the field, where our flat pitch kings despite being idolised and showered with riches, cant beat teams outside familiar home conditions, and also off the field where people with little passion for cricket rule the roost. Am on the verge of giving up my once favourite sport

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    One more interesting clause in the document is that India will be allowed to win at least 1 World Cup every year to preserve the financial interests of the concerned boards :-)

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Well BCCI go ahead try your arrogance at its peak, you will only end up being the ultimate looser which you have always been!

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    shame to BCCI, it is not good for cricket

  • StatisticsRocks on January 23, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    @ThePacifist, you are absolutely right. As an Indian fan, this is disgusting. Why and Who is BCCI to control scheduling of tours not involving India. Why is BCCI so greedy for Power, beats me. Isn't it enough you have already ruined the very spirit of the game. Shame on you. Use your Power to develop quality fast bowlers and don't send a pathetic bowing Unit to represent our nation. Use your Power & money to improve the infrastructure and organize tournaments at the University level to identify future talents to play for India.Don;t exercise your powers to bully other boards just coz we generate ~80% of world's cricketing revenue. What a disgrace?

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    what world are we living in? while every other sports are spreading out across the world,cricket is being confined to only three countries. To say cricket is gentleman's game is a joke now. RIP cricket

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    thats why only few countries play this boring game. and from now on only 3 country will be playing . look at fifa how they promote football learn from them icc

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    SA, SL, PAK, WI, BD, ZIM & NZ should leave ICC. They can form a new organisation of world cricket as ICC is died. Afghanistan & Ireland can be included as the test nation in that new organisation.

    After that we will see how India, Australia & England runs their cricket!

  • Alistair0610 on January 23, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    The BCCi have recently demonstrated, with the recent appalling treatment of the India tour of South Africa, that they cannot be trusted to be fair. They shouldn't be allowed near the administration of the ICC. This whole proposal reeks!

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Shame BCCI....This proposal is very unethical and against the very spirit of the game and should be thrown out of window

  • Nali_live on January 23, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Good for cricket 7.22% 600 Not good for cricket 81.60% 6777 Dont care, as long as the sport is played fairly 11.17% 928

    results will tell the story how effective the new

  • asim.ashraf on January 23, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Guys! It is getting really interesting. While it is known that the "big three" will vote in favour of this madness, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are set to oppose it. Which means the opponents need one among Bangladesh, New Zealand, West Indies and Zimbabwe to join hands and throw it in the trash bin. As far as I know, NZ and WIndies have hinted to vote in favour and I say this with utter disappointment that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are easy picking for "big three". So that contest looks tight but I fear this will go through unless a miracle happens. Fingers crossed.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    THe world cricket should not take this bullying. Pakistan, SA, WI , NZ should flatly refuse the proposal

  • the_predator on January 23, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    There are two parts to it 1 Revenue sharing 2.The dictator like proposal by BCCI 2. i am seeing many people are blaming INDIAN culture/politics, indian people etc. why man? no one india even likes this. Does it take a ISSAC NEWTON like IQ to understand that? It needs to be remembered that its us who brought BACK SA to main stream cricket (SA fans are balming INDIA). we all know why SA was banned from cricket. let me know who does not know that. There is a country where no one wants to go and play. do we know the reason? did anything lke that happen in INDIA? ICC has banned 3 plyers from playing cricket from a country. Still want to talk about culture? We supported SLC during their all kind of crisis. Did not we? about REVENUE sharing: This is so very logical. 80% revenue comes from INDIA so its only logical to give INDIA more share. If any other country generated that much revenue they would have whole of it. if revenue could be generated with out INDIA, why that has not happened y

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    it means icc is under indian cricket which is not good for game of cricket ICC always be free if we want cricket to develope very bad suggestion of BCII, ECB, and ACB

  • concerned_cricketer on January 23, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and following test crciket and ODIs from before the time India achieved financial superpower status. This is bad for the future of cricket. All the other boards, please don't give in to this kind of bullying. Do not agree to this just because the BCCI are threatening to throw their toys out of their pram. Ask them to go ahead and pull out of world cricket. Stand your ground please.

    And what's the point of those three voting buttons? Why don't you add a fourth that says "I believe voting here is not going to make an iota of difference to the end result of this debate as the opinion of fans like me are always ignored by these scounderels who go by the name of cricket administrators." ?

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Already BCCI is blackmailing others to ensure the proposal goes ahead. This is bullying from the onset. Imagine what they will do when they officially get more power. This is clearly a sign of things to come.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Its evident now for us to see who's the boss. Pathetic

  • Blade-Runner on January 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    I think its about time for all the cricketing nations to reconsider Haroon Logat's "Woolf report" which proposed placing the ICC in the hands of independent directors. So, no member board can influence on the ICC as it will be operated as an independent body.

  • Nali_live on January 23, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    i am so glad to hear that the most awaited news from srilankan cricket board where they also decided officially not to help the new agenda of so called big three!!!

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    India is threatening with its participation of ICC events if the deal isn't signed? Isn't that shameless blackmailing? Even Indian cricket fans wouldn't approve such shameless acts. I just wonder what happened to Indian board that they have become so arrogant and eager to cling on to the power with the help of the other two boards. Ultimately, if they wanted the revenue share, they should've approached it that way than creating this chaos, threatening and blackmailing other smaller nations. Unfortunately, SL board is dependent on India, BD board is Pro-Indian and WICB, NZ is already obliging to His Masters Voice. PAK and SA are the only two boards that will raise voice and the resolution has the possibility to pass 8-2 unless massive protest comes within AUS and ENG boards to backtrack the deal.

  • mucheemaann on January 23, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    I think this is a huge misstep from BCCI. They need to remember that cricket is popular in India as long as Indian team plays all international teams, not just England or Australia. Or are they pinning all their hopes on IPL and completely ignore international cricket? In any case this is disappointing for a cricket fan.

    Threatening to not participate in ICC events? Who stands to lose the most? Indians will watch less cricket and turn their attention to other sports. That will spell doom to BCCI.

  • Discrm on January 23, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Pakistan and Sri Lanka matches produces a lot of revenue too. I don't see their committee pushing revenue centered agendas through ICC.

    BCCI should understand that cricket needs to live and outgrow the nations it is currently popular in. And by that I don't mean using Indians and Pakistani players to represent France, Germany, or Canada teams.

    In the end majority of fans want better quality cricket with more diversity.

  • Atish_Man on January 23, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    @ shane-oh No one is inviting you to watch it.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    In the later phase they might suggest to make it a comedy\drama sport like "WWE"

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    If we take any of the world bodies , like UN, world bank, etc etc, in all those bodies, the major financial contributor has permanent controlling roles. I am surprised why BCCI realise so late that, they need to exert more control and demand controlling ppwers on a organisation which basically runs on its fund. Now about greater good of cricket, none else stake is so high as BCCI's. So its natural to assume that it will be safe when for those whom it matters most, run it.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    What a knockout blow for the cricket

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    How about bidding for the ICC tournaments with overflows going to the country running it. For example if England want it and they outbid India or anyone else then they keep the surplus or loss....this way a board like India can outbid and earn surplus while still ensuring atleast a base price is distributed equally among other members As a cricket fan I can see Indias point they bring 80% of the revenue and get only 10% while say Pakistan cannot even hold one in their home base gets 10% with literally bringing nothing to the common pot....

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    shame to bcci,shame shame shame, they want to become a mafia, want to promote their leagues and destroy world's cricket, shame on u bcci

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    BCCI should get 81% plus 1.5% as the standard/max interest rate on savings in the west. That's a fair and square demand. The rest of the member boards should not have any say in this. But on rest of the boyish demands that 3-big heads to control the affairs, future tour programs, etc. is ridiculous. The latest addition to this ongoing ridiculousness is now BCCI's arm twisting that they will not participate in ICC's events. To me rest of the cricketing fraternity could take this dare. Just to see how it goes. Frankly the situation of the 7 boards cannot go worse with our without the new plan. Interestingly the ECB and CA the other 2 of the 3-big heads seems out of fans conversation . BCCI succeeded in drawing all the negative attention toward them. Now that is called a diplomatic move?

  • Tmalik on January 23, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    This proposal is very unethical and against the very spirit of the game and should be thrown out of window by all means....World wake up, sport is not just about money!!!!!!!!!

  • web_guru2003 on January 23, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    This childish behavior of BCCI reminds me of street cricket we used to play when we were kids. We had to accept most of the rules as customized by the BAT and BALL owner (some bully kids) or else he always used to threaten to walk away with his gears.

    Seems like we did grow up but many in BCCI did not.

  • nikhil_tawde on January 23, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    This is very bad for cricket.

  • Sabbir007 on January 23, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Cricket was a gentleman's game, then India started to play it! If they want to go, let them go! They never played World Cup Football, and it is the most viewed international event after Olympic! Doesn't matter how many spectators they have, without their interference, one day cricket will also become a world-wide game.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    shame to big 3.they r poluting cricket

  • mainul079080 on January 23, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    If this draft is somehow passed then we will never be able to say again that ''Cricket is a gentleman's game''. When money and passion for power prevails, these 2 things destroy everything. BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world (nobody is even near to it). It could do good for the globalization of cricket.Now i see its wealth and power will not only ruin world cricket, but also destroy Indian cricket also. I foresee a situation in future that every other country except those ''big 3'' have come out of ICC and form another true global organization where not muscle and money power but only democracy and love for each other will prevail. Then will it be good for Indian, Australian and English cricket? Will their fans be satisfied to see match only between these 3?

  • web_guru2003 on January 23, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Utter nonsense from BCCI. BTW, this is just the sings of things to come if the changes in draft proposal are approved.

    Someone, somewhere in BCCI need to understand that roman umpire, ottoman umpire and mughal umpire had far more MONEY and POWER than BCCI can imagine but they are no where to be found.

    BCCI is only bluffing though. They can not afford to be out of WC and other large tournaments for long. Rest of the 7 countries should call their bluff and dare them to go ahead with their threat but I know that is not gonna happen. NZ has already shown their intent to go with the plan. BD and WI board will also go with the flow and how hard it is to have ZIM on their side for big three?

  • Dashgar on January 23, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    This cannot be accepted. If Srinivasan wants to chuck a hissy fit then let him. India can miss out on the World Cup. Give their spot to an associate nation that values the game. Give their test status to Ireland or Afghanistan. What India don't realise is that cricket can survive fine without them.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    So, if the other 7 ICC members refuse to play the 3 big bullies, how would they go on forever with this sham? As an Indian fan, I agree with the majority of comments that it is high time now that BCCI was reined in. Yes, they have made the game richer in the country in terms of dollar value but they are bad for the game's future.

  • onebump on January 23, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    dabbadubba You can take 75% of the revenue in the first year... then how will you generate the revenue as the other countries collapse?

    Having a big home audience is a privilege and has helped cricket move forward from the state it was in the 80s and early 90s. If greed drives to kill the hen that lays the golden eggs cricket as we know it will be dead in 20 years... with IPL/BBL being the only places to see cricket... does that sound exciting?

    Countries such as SL, NZ, WI are punching way above their commercial weight as they get the extra funding from the big countries. A cut in funds would mean the likes of futures Malingas, Muralis and Jayasooriyas in the outskirts of the countries will have less resources to enter the big arena... (I am an SL fan)

    Remember.... nothing is permanant in life!

  • kayani621 on January 23, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I think now it is time to structure a new force parallel to ICC. Other countries should form a second governing body and manage their own affairs. If the so called "big 3" want to play with us, they should negotiate with our governing body. Uniting together would neutralize other 3. We should structure our own cricket by promoting competitions. If they don't want to play with us, then that is fine, let them play with each other and I can assure you that there will not be any money left for them for what they are planning for. Who would want to see same teams playing with each other again and again? Instead, we would have more opportunities. Let them play with each other and let us play together.

  • mzm149 on January 23, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    @ Pavinasen: Money comes due to these players. If they are not there, money wont come in IPL. If presence of India in ICC events is necessary for bringing money, so is the presence of these players in IPL for bringing money for BCCI and India. BCCI needs these players as much these players need IPL.

    If BCCI thinks that all the money it earns is just because of Indian team or crowd, they need to learn that there is always another team with which they are playing in a match. India vs Pakistan games are the most crowd pullers not because of Indian team alone but because they are playing against Pakistan.

    BCCI should definitely take greater share of ICC revenues if they investing more. But grabbing power and dictating terms on other boards is completely insane.

  • CricketMaan on January 23, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Intresting statement - "While the ECB and CA have committed to undertake tours to the top eight countries, in principle, the BCCI's proposal covers all Test playing nations"

  • JustThisOtherGuy on January 23, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    If this is the way to go, then cricket will never reach the heights of FIFA. There are valid reasons why football is the most popular sport in the world.

    The managements of these 3 boards want to exploit competitive cricket like a resource. Honestly, I cant believe how such a prestigious sport, the Gentleman's game, has fallen into the hands of these hawks.

    The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. But there is something common about resources, that the majority of them all run dry eventually.

  • nandwani88 on January 23, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    I think this has gone on long enough. And for the few disillusioned Indian fans out there, please do not use the old days when Eng and Aus ruled the cricket world as an excuse for the BCCI's behavior. I think this is perfect for the rest of the world that the BCCI has come out and said this. The rest of the world (barring Eng and Aus of course) could and should ignore them and vote against. And most probably, India will threaten to leave international cricket completely since they are not getting their way. That will be the most significant moment because all the other countries can say "ok leave!" Because (and mark my words!) when that happens, India and the rest of the world will realize that cricket can still run and make lots of money WITHOUT India. That's right. If India thinks that they can survive on only leagues, they are kidding themselves, sure it looks like cricket needs India, but India needs cricket even more in order to make all this cash. So do us all a favor, BCCI, & go

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    for God sake plz plz plz save cricket

  • Matt. on January 23, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I agree Varun, i would love to see all the boards come together and just cut out the BCCI. I don't see it happening though as the BCCI are so rich. I would like India to be part of cricket, but they clearly just want to own it, rather than be part of it

  • yorkslanka on January 23, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    @mzm- you're absolutely right my friend, i fully agree with you however this should be used as a carott as i wouldnt want the indian fans whose money gives their board its strength, deprived of seeing international stars playing in their league.

  • SpaMaster on January 23, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    BCCI is just so shamelessly trying to impose its authority. Unlike the mistakes committed by Australia and England when they were in power in the past, BCCI could have used its power for the betterment of the game. Saying that it won't attend any ICC events unless the proposals are approved is plain-right bullying Shame on them!

  • ZkAneela on January 23, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    @Duidelik thanks for ur kind reply but i bit these so called big 3 will not be able to produce a phenominal and complete players like AB DEVILLIERS and HASHIM AMLA even if they combines their players.These big three combinedly will not produce a bowler like DALE STEYN.So let these big three make their own cricket,hence its the only way that they will get the No.1 spot in tests.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    A good solution can be like: Rest 7 or 6 countries may tie together and declare that they will play only among them and will not play any ICC event or world cup if staged in those 3 countries. A very easy way to get rid of those three countries. Lets see how they play world cup and get revenue playing among them.

  • kingcobra85 on January 23, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Cricket is leaning towards football. Less of international cricket and more of league cricket. The board with the best league will make most money. Simple as that!

  • Tmalik on January 23, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    This is utter non-sense and childish behaviour from India, they need to make draft public with every detail is out to all the cricket fans coz they own sitting all over the world of different nationalities. India can take a hike and get out of the ICC events, who will go to play IPL then? they can have their own games. India has proved dirty big bro with Pak, they tried to hassle SL but only managed to control most unreliable partner in BAngladesh. I would say even if AUS/ENG/IND like to stay away, the remaining 7 should not bow to this mafia, we do not want mafia in sports. It is sad time for cricket and if this happens for sure including me millions will be dishearted and will go away from game. for sure i will pull my next generation from the game. I hope sense prevails against the money greed. other 7 should make World circiket association, forget ICC this is too much from BCCI and no accetable, hope other countries stand tall against it.....

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    BCCI must respect Indian claim of The largest democracy in the world, shame on BCCI , ECB and Cricket Australia as they are always like that. If we approve their claim we must give powers to USA as they are super powers :D

  • dilscoop_uk on January 23, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    India thinks they can generate more revenues merely from IPL? Means no more international cricket for India , and that means their "stars" will only be stars in IPL? Hmm interesting !

  • cric-procrastinator on January 23, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    @Duidelik For the sake of more Morkels, Steyns, Kallis, ABs and south African cricket and other countries cricket you want India to subsidize other countries, while India own cricket development is not as good as others because of less money, is that fair? People look at BCCI revenues and say India is rich but unfortunately India is a poor country, you have to remember the BCCI revenue has to be shared with the state association members and this dilutes the amount of money each state association gets and therefore not much can be spent by each state association to develop cricket. On a per capita basis (population divided by revenue basis) India is the poorest country in world cricket even though India contributes 80% of ICC revenue. You have to look at it from BCCI point of view as well.

  • shane-oh on January 23, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    @Sayeeshwar Sathyanarayanan - please, do suggest that to your board. Cricket will be much better off without you. And imagine the IPL without foreigners! What a bore that would be, it's a struggle to watch as it is!

  • Harmony_not_Discord on January 23, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    I say the first thing that the BCCI should do is to change the name to BCCW.

    "Board of Control of Cricket in the World"

  • ThatsJustCricket on January 23, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Let's get this straight. Sundar Raman is stating the obvious. Yes, BCCI is going to be the major beneficiary of this draft. But we already know that. The only question is whether it is going to good for the other countries and the game of cricket as a whole. Well, the answer is no. The one important thing the BCCI is forgetting here is that cricket is not like the American sports that can survive on domestic market alone irrespective of whether or not any country plays the game. Cricket needs other countries playing to make any sense of it. I would say, simply boycott India and let's see how much money BCCI makes on its own.

  • shane-oh on January 23, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @dabbadubba - do you think India would generate that much of the revenue if India was constantly playing against India? No, that's right - it's only because there is opposition. Put some thought in before posting such myopic views.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    While i completely understand and is in complete agreement with the revenue sharing. What i don't agree is remaining part of the proposal. All the boards should come together and boycott BCCI , which means No Cricket with the team india, they shouldn't send any players to IPL or any other sporting events. this ought to bring their mind to the right place.

  • BustIPL on January 23, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    It does not matter who rules the ICC as winner out there in the middle will always be important. BCCI trying everything to do anything to keep them in the ranking top spot in all formats. As soon as india lose their top ranking money flowing in to BCCI will also diminish as advertisers will not risk venturing with a drowning ship. BCCI had lot of money but it could not save them from humiliation in the hands of SA and NZ. Furthermore, they lost the ICC ranking which was making them so arrogant. Obviously, there is a thought to team up with Aussies and England to topple SA but England are ready to inflict another whitewash on india and will not give in to BCCI financial pressures as is clear by their rejecting IPL and Aussies are marching down to the top ICC rankings and will not relent to india as they very rightly fought in 7odi series. So, no respite for india even after this administrative turmoil to rule ICC. On the other hand india want Eng/Aus to dethrone SA of test top ranking.

  • Atish_Man on January 23, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    @ jaga2011 perfect comment mate. The most logical one. Other countries didnt do anything to promote cricket in their resp nations. Although i am against bcci ruling world cricket, other boards were just sleeping for years and r crying and shouting now. I think the current draft nyways will get though, however other boards needs to discuss and amend it.

  • shane-oh on January 23, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    @Vasudevan Maruthiandan Rangachari - you yourself are rather misinformed. Firstly, the worrying point is the suggestion that the world should hand over control to these 3 nations, and then trust that they won't be negatively financially impacted (because they will no longer have a vote, or any other form of control). That's absurd - if the evil 3 are so sure that revenue will be equal or greater than now, then they need to formalise this fact.

    The second thing you have wrong is the idea that only the 8th placed team would be relegated. 2 tiers means the bottom of team/s from the top tier being relegated, and the top teams from the bottom tier being promoted. In other words, if we had 2 tiers of 5 teams each, then 3 of the teams in the top tier would be immune from relegation, making a mockery of the entire idea, and probably amounting to fixing.

    That's without going into the arrogance of thinking India/Australia/England could never slip down to the bottom half of the rankings.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    After this draft gets passes cricket will die everywhere in the world How many times one will watch ind vs aus or ind vs eng.....

  • SportsObserver on January 23, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    This will virtually take Zim and BD's test status away, And the AUDACITY of BCCI that they Blackmail/demand BD and ZIM to sign their own death warrant. And the sad thing is BCCI will probably get what they want. ZIM and BD will be most badly affected but both of their boards are completely silent! Where is your self-respect? Its shameful that their players are giving their everything on the ground but their boards are ready to sell them out. How can we interpret their silence any other way?! Boycott ICC, get out of this autocracy if necessary but don't lie down for these bullies, it won't hurt ICC but go out fighting with honour. Cricket can NOT be bigger than a nation's self-respect.

  • yorkslanka on January 23, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    oh what a surpirse, another schoolyard tantrum from the careful what you wish for as its difficult to play against yourselves in cricket if you dont stomp off in a huff...

  • rajatmehra on January 23, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    A death of global cricket. That's all I want to say. Sad feeling. I am already bored of seeing our Indian team win matches on flat Indian wickets. Looks like I will have to watch more of that. Despite being an Indian, I feel ashamed at supporting a team formed by the BCCI. Thankfully God has retired before such foolishness is unleashed on us.

  • Pavinasen on January 23, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    mzm149,these guys will not boycott due to the mega millions they earn for 1 single season.Money talks.

  • Harmony_not_Discord on January 23, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    What a sham this all is.

    Revenue sharing considerations aside what happened to democratic values? Power in the hands of "big three" only, in this day and age?

    The colonial masters have pulled a fast one by sleeping in bed with the biggest democracy so they too can pull the strings of power. Wake up India!

  • dabbadubba on January 23, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    The BCCI is being very lenient .. as we have from the above article [The proposal recommends a maximum allotment of 21% of the ICC's revenues to the BCCI on the grounds that Indian cricket helps generate 80% of ICC's global revenues.]

    When BCCI is generating 80+% of revenue, why should it take only measly 20% and be subjected to such negative comments from other members ? BCCI should definitely make an amendment to take in at least 75% of revenue..

    BCCI is being so generous to the other boards by giving FREE 60% and instead they get only brickbats in return... time for change

  • amk23 on January 23, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    This is just not acceptable. N. Srinivasan always has been a bully so accordingly BCCI is acting as bully. I love watching matches between big teams like India England and Aus but why teams like South Africa (# 1 test team), New Zealand (Always a team which will do better than expectations) or Pakistan ( always giving crop of world class bowlers) should suffer. Other boards please please please step up and stop this.....

  • YS_USA on January 23, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Just like USA, cricket will be played everyday in India. IPL will be extended and all countries will tour India all the time. More ICC events in India. India does not need to tour other countries and lose badly.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    all full members should cut out india from icc menbership by votting...go a head remaing of the full member..through india to the dustbin

  • bsksara on January 23, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    I totally support this , being INDIAN , INDIA needs more powers to bring more cricket to India. the point on revenue distribution is 100 PCT correct. contribution model is correct. Hope India can create a season for cricket like Australia has.

  • malepas on January 23, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Finally the cat is out of the bag now,, BCCI going to use threats, favours and all sorts to get this one passed in ICC, the boards like WI and NZ have been "tamed" already, we see no leadership amongst leading ex cricketers to voice their concern but then I guess they got to keep their jobs with their respective broadcasters and boards, so apart from some lone voices, we hear nothing from these so called righteous greats of the game,,, only grieving, sad and very angry cricket viewing public.

  • LahorePak on January 23, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    I hope world of cricket understands, what u have deal with when it comes to India, this what we R facing for last 65 yrs. as there neighbors.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Good that the BCCI have finally realized that we have been taken for granted all these years. It was Jagmohan Dalmiya who brought revenue to the ICC which in turn helped the smaller boards. India has been helping out smaller boards with international yours when hosting a domestic tournament like IPL would bring more benefits to India.And yet, all we get is insinuations on how we are destroying cricket. Maybe it's time to go like the NFL. We have enough fans for a domestic league. And no, we don't need foreign players. They are a nice bonus, but it's the Indian players who are the face of the IPl.

  • Hassan_U on January 23, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Let them not participate in an ICC event if that is what BCCI wants. This is hijacking the game altogether. One or two times if India doesn't participate in ICC event the fans and the sponsor will turn on BCCI !!!

    Its clear that India struggles to win games overseas. Perhaps this way they can avoid that too and only play at home.

    The rest of cricket boards have to stand up to this otherwise it be RIP to international cricket.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    There is one word for BCCI's attitude: Megalomania

  • Syedgowharindrabi on January 23, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    BCCI wants to rule & dominate the world of cricket . It wont help the game anyway. It is disgusting to treat other boards as puppets.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Please BCCI. It's not fair. Why do you ask for only 21% ICC revenue. Please ask for 80% revenue as you generate 80%.

  • Mindmaker on January 23, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    The cricketing world stood by and watched as disinterested spectators while Cricket South Africa was being bullied on the appointment of their own leadership. Now it is their turn to be bullied by the same entity. Mark my words, this is not going to stop any time soon. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • smjr on January 23, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    It is very sad to hear the stance of BCCI. Cricket is played by just ten countries after 136 years till date and we are further dividing i. The three boards has some wishful approach but i can guarantee that if polls is conducted in these three countries than majority of people will vote against this draft proposal which has in all certainty divide the test playing nations. There is no second opinion that test cricket is the real passion of cricket and the mother of all forms of cricket. ICC shall not devalue test match cricket and must promote it in public. T-20 and ODI cricket is fine but it should be limited, after all money is not every thing in this world.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    totally unfair by bcci..wat about fans??they want to see india play against every country..neways every dog has its day..bcci will suffer if they keep on going like this..

  • asporag on January 23, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Its why Bangladesh who can't participate test any-more? While Australia-England-India play 5 test matches in a series Bangladesh can't get that even in a whole 12 months time. In the same time the world expect the same test cricket performance from Bangladesh as the top 3 teams.Is it fair? But the recent performance of Bangladesh in test cricket is good enough. Bangladesh drew a test series with Srilanka in Srilanka, did drew a test series with New Zealand in Bangladesh.It proves in spite of having a least opportunity Bangladesh is improving sharply. Moreover, In One day cricket Bangladesh did whitewash New Zealand consecutive two times, was the Asia Cup runners-up while the same New Zealand is beating India comprehensively. So,where is theory of big teams and small teams? If you are truly thinking of spread the cricket throughout the world you have to refuse this new proposal. Otherwise, that day will not be so far when cricket will be a game which will exist only in the museum.

  • Humdingers on January 23, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    If they are generating 80% of revenue, then rightfully they should have the lions share of takings. BUT going to this extreme is a little too much. This is putting the fans (who pay for all this) and cricket as a whole so much poorer.

  • Ashwin_Mysore on January 23, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Let BCCI first form a good bowlers every match India team is conceding close to 300 or more than top order bats...only Kohli cant win the Worldcup.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    NONSENSE boycott Indian cricket

  • Newlandsfaithful on January 23, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    So, lets get this straight. World cricket becomes a franchise of the BCCI? No thank you.

  • sibi_sing on January 23, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    nonsense, simply a bad idea. !!! BCCI should be penalized for such a heinous proposal.

  • Jaga2011 on January 23, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    The most basic question - in the absence of Indian TV rights, how many countries will cricket (Test cricket, in particular) be viable in? Indian TV rights are a distortion on the valuations..

    People cannot have their cake and eat it too : If TV rights for a Indian tour once in a few years are the only way that cricket will be viable in a particular country, then how can that be India's fault?

    How many series can a bunch of 17-18 Indian players humanly play in a year?

    Are boards and their cricketers willing to make less money in the short-term and make up later? If so, they can anyways make bilateral arrangements, pull in whatever that comes in, to begin with.

    Not having a USSR-system like an FTP and larger revenue sharing surely seem sensible.

    Not sure why there needs to be only 3 members controlling ICC cricket in that committee though. That seems to be an extreme position taken by the BCCI that will go out as the draft gets refined. That is seen in most negotiations.

  • ansram on January 23, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Cricket has ceased to be a gentleman's game long ago, and now this is turning out to be a jungle game - the mighty ones eat the weaker ones alive.

  • smjr on January 23, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    The proposal of India Australia and England seemed OK if they are generating more than 80% global cricket revenue from spectator fee, TV rights fee, commercial ads fee etc and therefore want a proportionate share, but other than that the holding of powers with respect to following things are harmful to other 7 test playing nations:

    (i) holding of ICC events (ii) Two tier test match system (iii) Framing of new ICC rules and regulations without consulting other 7 test playing nations (iv) Bi-lateral series instead of FTP.

    Also the three boards should devise strategy for promotion of cricket in less revenue generating countries and give plans better than the existing ones of ICC. I hope the intentions of Australia, England and India is fair and it should not avail powers with regards to (1) to (iv) above, if not then other 7 test playing countries should oppose the draft proposal and go to the court of international sports in switzerland.

  • Duidelik on January 23, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    @ZkAneela in SA will die put it bluntly. These so called Big 3 will control the purse strings, SA will get less revenues, thus not being able to pay SA players decent salaries, so these players will leave cricket and pursue other forms of revenue! Promising youngsters will choose other sports like rugby, football, tennis, golf, etc in order to make a lucrative living.

    There will be no more Morkels, Steyns, Kallis, ABs.......Sad hey??

    The sponsors....TV networks, Cellphone companies, etc should speak up, because it's THEIR money that the Big 3 are grabbing!!!

  • Lion83 on January 23, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    IF India stop playing international cricket that is good for the future of cricket

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Cricket has been living for dacades, much before BCCI money machinary started. Leave the big 3. Time is ripe for the rest to start a rebel cricket body. Lets see how ICC and BCCI survive without the other countries.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    boycott india simply, problem solved. Cricket is a global scale sport not based on individual countries to dictate the game all together for financial reasons as well as managment authority. 2 countries have given vote against it , therefore only one more vote required to simply refute it however i would try to ensure it was refuted with maximum votes against the ICC coup draft. I would further go on to propose a draft or a greater mutual understanding/cooperation between the 7 crickets boards who were to be targetted with this Draft.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    This is PURE nonsense. I strongly oppose this draft even though my country is in those 3. Because Cricket is Sport. And Sport Requires Talent NOT money to flourish and grow. Where did Brian Lara came from, Wasim akram, Saeed ajmal, Hashim Amla, Jack khalis, Waqar younis, Chris Gayle all them came from? not from the 3 countries which are trying to own the ICC. 'I' stands for international not a Cabal of 3 countries running the ICC ! I would officially stop watching cricket because of this Pathetic excuse to make it POLITICISE

  • mzm149 on January 23, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    If BCCI threatens to pull Indian team out of ICC events, its their choice. All other boards should pull out their players from IPL. What will remain in IPL, the cash cow for BCCI, if no foreigner plays in it. Its value will not be more than any other local t20 league. IPL is lucrative due to these players. Imagine IPL without Gayle, de Villiers, Steyn, Morkel, Sangakkara, Miller, KP, Morgan, Watson, Warner, Mike Hussey, Michael Clarke and the likes. Will it be the same?

  • Amit_4_Sachin on January 23, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    The superpower (financial only, not in cricketing terms) bullying the ICC. This was bound to happen, sooner or later. What this means is more cricket series between India, Aus & England, which is exciting.

    As a fan, I don't really care as long as I get to watch good cricket.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    At the outset let me clarify that I am neither a BCCI Member nor an apologist. A lot of comments seem to be based on misinformation. One of the key points in the draft says that No one will receive anything less than what they receive now. Also, increase in percentage would be proportional to the increase in revenue. I doubt that even one person in this forum would agree to take less or same pay in an office where he generates all the income. The piper calls the tune Relegation etc. is for 8th ranked teams ; surely this is not a problem for the BCCI, ECB , CA or CSA or for that matter Sri Lanka. Relegation would happen to the eighth team not the top four or whatever. It is obvious that Cricket would suffer if India or England or Australia or SA are relegated ; including in India. No one would want to watch India vs Ireland or India vs Namibia or whatever. The same is true for CSA,ECB et al. Would you be able to fill a stadium for a Namibia vs Pakistan match ?

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    I would like to echo the words of Barathi Chellappan Subramaniam, ThePacifist10, Angi Ch. This is so sad, hurting a game we all love so much. We need the likes of Dravid, Kumble, Tendulkar to do something to stop this. Cricket has become rotten. Since 2000 we just see pointless rubbish. If I ask you to tell me 3 key things from the 2001 Test series between Ind and Aus, you will all answer. If I ask you who won the IPL last year, you will struggle. Its been 5 minutes, BCCI need to arrange an ODI series with Sri Lanka!

  • M.Faheem on January 23, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Please join the cricket lovers on 29-Jan-2015 on first death anniversary of competitive cricket.

  • Perplexed on January 23, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    This may be a bitter pill to swallow for South Africa, but I believe they should continue to stand up against BCCI. Cricket in South Africa did not only survive the isolation years, it thrived, so the BCCI cannot kill cricket in SA, despite all their money bags.

  • A.Ak on January 23, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Agree or not, BCCI makes more money than anyone else, India is where Cricket is more popular then any other country. BCCI has every rights to raise their concern.

  • ChrisMarx on January 23, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I'm proud to be a South African and wish our board all the best. We have been bitten and have experienced first hand wrath of the money hungry, which makes it easier for us to stand up because we have seen what awaits should this get pushed through. So the choice is simple - stand up and go down in the fight for cricket's future with integrity and honour or bow down to the masters and be content with the scraps from their table. I'm proud that we are going down fighting for what's right and not selling our souls. Now I know that one day when I'm playing cricket with my son in our backyard I can tell him about the good old days of cricket without shame. Thank You CSA

  • moss4u on January 23, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Cricket War has been officially declared. My guess only three Boards who will resist this decision is : South Africa, Pakistan, Srilanka. Ultimately this draft will be approved. It seems dictatorship is more inn than democracy.

  • boemboem on January 23, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    If the major cricket countries want cricket to be a global sport, they would do well to be magnanimous and support the sport in other countries, including the Associates. I wish the BBCI would not take such a strong stance. There is a distinct danger of a split and that might leave the Indian cricketers on their own. The BCCI could start its own World Series, like the Americans do in baseball, and be impervious to the derision of powerless others.

  • Duidelik on January 23, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    ''.......Why can't BCCI run entire cricket world. BCCI has developed cricket in INDIA, each and every state, there are more players today playing then ever. Look at IPL ! Even ranji is being broadcasted on TV live. ....''

    Uhmmm, isn't that their job??? Even Ranji is broadcast on TV live.....hahahahaha! Seriously???? Was it never broadcast live before?? Smacks of Stone Age stuff to me!!! Really cracks me up!

    Bottom line, BCCI should run cricket in their OWN country and stop interfering in other country's running of cricket!!!!

  • likeintcricket on January 23, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Honestly, was there any fun of watching the the famous Ashes series. After the first two matches it was a dead series for any cricket fan as Australia simply thrashed them. On the other hand watching Pakistan and SriLanka battling at UAE was pure enjoyment. Offcourse India with his huge money resources is going to win this and let the ICC a mere spectator dancing on the big three throne. That is the why cricket is not as popular like soccer. I would suggest all the other nations to form a league of their own and don't invite the big three. Once they get tired of playing each they will plead to come back. But I know that other boards(like WI and NZ) are not really rich (despite more talented cricketing nation) and they will ultimately support this.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Interesting twist!!! Remains to be seen how other cricket boards are going to react... Sad to see that revenues decide the process. Not the development of the game!!!

  • Atish_Man on January 23, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Some of the comments r really illogical. This draft has nothing to do with indian teams performance. Also no one talks about other boards performance. They have simply faild to promot cricket in their contries despite reciving funds. There is no garuntee that if other boards had same power they would have done something different.

  • crangs81 on January 23, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    ICC need to take the financial hit and organise all ICC events without India. The money may be in India but how long will it take before they get bored of having no one to play except for themselves. Not like they like playing away from the subcontinent anyway. What's best for the BCCI back pocket is NOT good for cricket

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    What a disgrace Indian board has become, they are puerile, lacking sportsmanship and are too full of themselves at the moment. Utterly disgusted. I seriously would not watch cricket if this draft is approved. This is unacceptable, the rest of the world cant be slaves to one board's whims.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    BCCI has now become the biggest threat to the Cricket altogether. Just because they've 1+ billion viewer on their home doesn't mean they'll simply dictate cricket. Either BCCI should leave ICC and only play in India with themselves or other like minded country should boycott ICC and create their own Cricket Association where all member country will have the same saying and voting right.

  • ZkAneela on January 23, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    I am a big fan of South Africa team and following its cricket for the last 14 years.I really enjoy when SA play against these big 3.Dont know what will happen to SA if this proposal gets passed.Will it be the end of SA cricket???I need answer from my friends,plz do answer.cricinfo plz publish

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    So India will now schedule all their future series inside India and will never loose a series. England and Australia will feature in ashes and will never play an away series in WI, SL, PAK. Left out boards will ultimately form their own club and look for ways to get financial benefits and will put test cricket on rest as T20 is the best money maker and down the road we will see cricket diminishing from the globe.

  • MmpRubel on January 23, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    good bye global cricket. Once football was the most popular game in Bangladesh, but with emergence of Bangladesh as a test playing nation, cricket took that place.If this proposal comes to light, we the fans wont follow cricket anymore and the hatred for India will make a permanent mark on each and every cricket lover in Bangladesh.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Most of the English and Aussie fans are condemning this thing. There are some sensible Indians too who think that this is a really bad idea. BCCI thinks that India is the USA of cricket. The common Indian fan who supports this idea doesn't understand the difference between having a bigger share from the revenue and completely controlling the game. If the big three want bigger share, well they are already having it. They always had it. But if they want to dictate terms (openly) that who and when they will play that is truly disturbing. India already has refused to play with BD in a bilateral series. Best solution is to leave these three alone and the rest should form their own league and include all the associates as well. Ireland and Afghanistan should be given test status. Besides the world will only miss Australia, the other two are giants in their backyards only.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Why is this viewed as death of cricket ? Why can't BCCI run the entire world cricket. They do understand that until and unless there are more teams in fray and current teams improving on their skills, there will no cricket OR might not be as entertaining. BCCI has developed cricket in INDIA, each and every state, there are more players today playing then ever. Look at IPL ! Even ranji is being broadcasted on TV live.

    Had ECB or CA been responsible for 80% of earnings, they would have done worst then this, as prooved in the past. BCCI, though adamant sometimes, know how to run this sport better then any other board. Period !! God Forbid, if BCCI stops participating in ICC events, entire structure will fall and losses will mount.

  • heretic on January 23, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    1 - I am an Indian cricket fan.

    2 - I don't fully agree with this BCCI/ECB/CA move. I believe this is potentially bad for cricket in the long run.

    3 - Don't quite get why everyone is particularly rubbishing BCCI. ECB and CA are equally involved!

    4 - Finally, every woudl agrre that they expect to be compensated in line with their input and so if the money churners are these three countries, why should they not get the lion's share of the takings, within reason of course. There should be a fund set up to promote and invest in cricket in countries where cricket does not make enough money like WI etc.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    This is plain bloody blackmail. I'm an Indian and I am nothing less than mortified at this clear blackmail over one country's selfish interests. You can do all the negotiating you want, but you cannot hold participating in a game over everyone else.

    I was a mad fan of cricket, but the BCCI is killing it slowly. Cricket is going to die in India, trust me. The IPL will run for probably two-three years more. Good for football.

  • Dynamodev on January 23, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Let them go - cricket will be much better without such power-hungry people. A sport is much larger than any one team, just like a team is much larger than any one player. It is high time other boards stood up and fought for cricket!

  • British_North_America on January 23, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    BCCI is now bullying? Well, it is Indian companies which feed cricket, not BCCI.Airtel,Tata or Star Group which are important patrons of cricket have nothing to do with BCCI.These companies became even happy because Tendulker's retirement would bring more money for sponsors.As long as there is money, they are there.Now, money is there as long as there is interest.Indians will remain interested even if Cricket no longer remains a global sport?

  • Dynamodev on January 23, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Let them go - cricket will be much better without such power-hungry people. A sport is much larger than any one team, just like a team is much larger than any one player. It is high time other boards stood up and fought for cricket!

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    If this gets approved, I'll be tempted to stop watching cricket. I'm against one country dictating terms though it is my country..

  • Ratmobile on January 23, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    This is a disgusting and disgraceful proposal by India, Australia and England. It would appear they want to ensure that cricket as a sport dies and does not grow.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on January 23, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    In India we strongly believe that no ICC is possible without India. Rest of the world can prove us wrong by organizing and excluding India completely from international cricket. I wonder why don't they just do it. Like I wrote earlier that the following of international cricket is now pretty low in India. It is now IPL which matters...

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Cricket is one sport where added stress is placed on fans due to scheduling. Good luck getting fans to stay up all night to watch games if this garbage is approved.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Cricket should not be ruled by any cricket boards. The ICC should be representing all of cricket. If India or Austalia or England want to be in power, well they can play there own cricket then between themselves. The rest of the countries can make there own committee, and itll be more successful than the other three's, as Im pretty sure theres much more talent present in the other 7 nations than those 3.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    part 1 @Nareshgb1 have you been reading the article properly? look at the following points in Particular quoted directly from the article:

    "The other big advantage of the proposal, Raman highlighted, was that India could be more free to negotiate bilateral series with another Full Member instead of being obliged to follow the FTP." (i dont see how they followed the FTP when it came to the series they were to play SA at the end of 2013)

    "The members were also made aware that under the new structure India would host at least one ICC tournament almost every two years, further enhancing its financial strength" (so if they holding an ICC event every other year, the rest of the world needs to share the other year?) is that fair? if your board has so much money and is generating so much income, why do they need more? to subsidize the company directors that sponsor the IPL (like Chennai)

  • shinewindies on January 23, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaff, get ur facts right mate, durban and joburg were selected bcoz they have more bounce than nerwlands, there was no hand of bcci in it, Secondly i agree with nareshgb1 , 80% revenue being generated in India and we only ask 21% of it, anyone who opposes that is ridiculous, why cant we use that money and pay more salaries to our domestic players(@both ranji and age-group levels), coaching staff and umpires. I can give this in writing if any other board would had been generating such kind of revenue(specially our beloved neighbors) they would have asked 79% of it. As far as authority and power goes i am not with BCCI there and would want it to be equally distributed amongst all members.

  • Kaballas on January 23, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    South Africa should close its borders. Strengthen the domestic cricket leagues and invite Pakistan / West Indies every second year for a ling and proper tour like in the old days.

    All the cricket and tournaments has diluted the game.....

    We need to get back to our roots. Less cricket is better sometimes. At least we will bow out as the number 1 team and whilst the big three will claim they number one from here on forward.

    I hope the BCCI is happy. They are a communist body.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    India cannot perform on overseas pitches, so BCCI is using its cheap tactics to keep indian cricket team on a safer side. Such a shameful act by BCCI. So called no.1 team face the heat.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Irrespective of whether this is a good or a bad decision, I am ashamed of the strongman tactics employed by my board- the BCCI. Smacks of the same power-corruption that all "superpowers" have wielded. But then you can expect that from the BCCI. What I dont get is meekness of the other boards - why cant they all band together and excercise their joint might against a "superpower" that has clearly lost its head. Remember you should all hang together; if not you all hang seperately.

  • CM1000 on January 23, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa Well said - I also find that repulsive.

  • SagarShirsath on January 23, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Nothing wrong in it. Particularly when considering the fact is that the 80% of total revenue is generated by Indian Cricket. Just watched Pak and SL matches in UAE... no body was their to watch that kind of cricket, only players and officials of both the countries were present on the ground..... Then how these countries are giving benefit to the game. Even in South Africa, great J. Kalis playing his last test match how many South Africans were present on the ground? on the other side see there is no empty seats in the ground when Sachin played his last test in India....Further, there was record >90,000 people watched England and Australia test match on Melbourne. See, this is the major difference between BCCI, ECB and CA with other countries. If these 3 countries giving almost all revenue then why other should have been benefited equally.... I support all these 3 countries....and support their decision.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    @nareshgb1 The big debate is not about the revenue. That can be changed without India taking complete control of international cricket. The problem is India want to host more games and decide who they play against. They will also host a ICC event every two years. The BCCI wants to run cricket on their terms and if they don't get their way, they take their wet pants and run. More a threat than anything because we all know that if they not on the international stage they won't be making that kind of revenue.

  • mbilalhussain on January 23, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    BCCI is threatening and using force. Other boards should take it International Court of Sports in SWZ. This is the real face of BCCI. After this deal would go through, it will eventually take total control of ICC - ECB and CA boards will be ditched by BCCI after the deal, they dont understand now. you cannot expect good from BCCI

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @nareshgb1 - This isn't about revenue. Most of the BCCI's revenue comes from independent sources, anyway, so it's not like they *actually* stand to gain only 21% of all available revenue. No, this isn't about revenue. This is about power. This is about control. This is about the BCCI's ability to dictate whatever they want to whomever they want. This is the formalization and exacerbation of the already tenuous status quo in world cricket politics. This is, in every way, a hostile takeover of what is supposed to be a neutral, independent governing body. This is despicable.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    This is BCCI's big gambit to evolve cricket from a sport of nations to a sport of clubs, much like football. Test cricket will dies a slow death, ODIs would be played once a year at best or once every four years in a world cup format to gain some revenue. the rest of it will be T20s. In order for IPL to grow its revenue share, it will need to grow out of India and gain a rabid following in other nations, much like football premier leauge. That can not happen while the other nations have their own teams that continue to play throughout the year. Sadly this is what happens when organizations with deep pockets develop a myopic view. I surely hope that the rest of nations can stand up to this bullying from the big three with a tunnel vision

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Now the BCCI is threatening the other boards to tow their line. This is absurd and not in the spirit of the game. If BCCI is left out what will they do? They will naturally tow the line. DON'T KILL CRICKET! From a die hard cricket fan from Colombo.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    All sports in the world has become money-oriented and there is nothing wrong forBCCI,ECB and Cricket Australia in forefront to make more monies for the game and all cricket playingcountries. People are talking about crowds in the the matches as you will see the amount of spectators for matches in India, Australia, England and other countries. Even in India when India lose still the peoples come to see and appreciate all countries. People are talking aboust 5-0 series washoutsetc. before studying what is this move all about. As everbody aware cricket teams have refused to go to Pakistan,Bangladesh, SriLanka and South Africa in the past. Even India had to send a team to SriLanka despite tenisions to prove to the world that SriLanka is able to host world cup matches and Cricket was the winner. Looks like all brickbats arecoming from the pro........ who are unable to host a match, even a friendly nation like Sri Lanka is unable to play ther We are sorry for the wasted talents.

  • ZASG on January 23, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    They should learn from Kerry Packer series, it can come back and haunt ICC. I wish it happens and all these 3 musketeers learn a lesson.

  • Blade-Runner on January 23, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    If India don't wanna participate the ICC events, they are very welcome to do whatever they want. Who cares ?? They are gonna get knocked outta the first round anyway.

  • M.Faheem on January 23, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Due to their previous record of ruling Cricket, King BCCI has selected Eng and Aus as his left and right hands. Congratulations Eng and Aus!

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    How can democracy allow this!

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on January 23, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Well Indians love cricket thats why they are not favor of their own cricket board for this decision. we fans want cricket to be a fair sports not something that is organized to earn money. This is unfair with the cricket fans.

  • IPSY on January 23, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    "The West Indies Cricket Board is yet to make a statement, but was engaged in a teleconference over the week and has stated that it has TAKEN A POSITION IN THE BEST INTEREST OF WEST INDIES CRICKET" (ESPN/Cricinfo, 2014). This is the exact reason why international cricket is experiencing so much problem to run it - there is too much individualism (too much insularity) in terms of the overall interest of the sport. There is absolutely NO TOGETHERNESS whatsoever, in the effort that needs unrelenting UNITY (each one helping the other) for a successful way forward in the sport. The BCCI I'm sure recognise the fact that they may be selfish in their demands, but they're so much smarter than those from the WICB, thus claiming that their (BCCI) stance is, "in the interest of cricket at large"'; while WICB are publicly intimating that they're negotiating only "in the interest of West Indies Cricket"!

  • latecut_04 on January 23, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    A few things to be said NOW by genuine Indian cricket fans. BCCI is effectively holding the game at gun point threatneing to rob the members boards off the money to be earned if India were playing unless their demands are met.(CA and ECB are equally guilty in this;make no mistake BCCI wouldn't have dared to alienate ALL the other boards if not for their involvement.)Many other fans usually point to Indian population when commenting about indian crikcet.Out of may be 2 billion Indian cricket fans not even 10,000 favour these new farcical proposals(or many of BCCI's ways including their 'Chair'man).That is also more than the number of non Indian cricket fans isn't it.So please don't say India doing a mistake;its the BCCI or a few unscrupulous individuals wearing the 'BCCI' logo just to mint money commiting this.We are like West Indies cricket.Rest of the world need to back us and not disown us NOW.please publish and hope rest of the world understand us-A cricket fan from India

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    When is the australian open semis and final .. also when will be the UEFA champions league second round matches and did any one have schedule for FIFA world cup ?

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    India will buy wins Only india, australia or england will be allowed to win world cups and other global events The umipres will be employed by them hence, in their control. They are buying the game, looking to dictate it, how can democracy allow this!

  • supplydemandcurve on January 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    1) BCCI does not own the Indian cricket fans. 2) Fans support one or more teams that can have nothing to do with where they live. 3) They can keep their money as long as all administrators work for free and all money goes to the poor areas of the country (not rich clubs and their facilities, bosses and over-pampered rich players) 4) Top 4 teams play at least 4 test series against each other, 2 test series against the next ranked 4 and 1 test against a composite team made up of the rest who tour the world. The next level down (5-8) play 3 test series against each other and 2 test series against the next 4 in line, which could include B teams from the top 2 etc.

  • Fogu on January 23, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    One of the problem with ICC is the lack of spine from the members. These three boards will make vague promises and the other boards will cave in. BD was supposed to tour PK but BCCI stepped in and alluded to BD tour of IN soon and now BD did not tour Pk and got bupkus from IN.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Well they r not doin much on the cricket field, so they decided to play it on political field.....

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Might is right!! This won't stop here unless we stand up against this, India or any other country which makes such threats should be excluded from the international community of cricket and than we will how long will the gravy train continue to run.

  • moshec on January 23, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    This has now become an utter joke. Holding the rest of the world hostage unless you vote for my proposal. As a huge Safrican cricket fat I wouldn't even be against India getting higher % of revenue, it makes sense they bring in the most revenue. But, to virtually control cricket in its entirety means that all governance has been thrown out of the window. We really might not be far off from a situation where umpires will be scared to give Indian batsmen out or compelled to give batsman out when India are bowling for fear that their job might be on the line otherwise. I wish the other boards would just realise this - but I fear they will all now tow in line, maybe in South Africa as we could have a new isolation era otherwise.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    In all my years on this Earth, this is the most disgusting, disgraceful thing I've ever heard. This will be the death of cricket.

  • CrickSA on January 23, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    The BCCI holds the game of cricket to ransom - what a sad day

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Whatever you do to support money generating format of cricket (T20, ODI or any no. of overs) by overhauling the structure of ICC, please keep test cricket out of this mad proposal. Cricket is in it`s purest form with test cricket. Introducing ODI, T20 might have generated money to pollute cricket; however, please keep test cricket out of this pollution to save cricket.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    It is very sad to hear the Indians made worst plan together with British ans Aussies. It remembers me the ancient Indian scholar Chanakya/ Kautilya's theory of Matsonnaya - "The big fishes eat small fishes". If ICC surrender to Indian demands then certainly the present policy of expanding cricket globally will die for ever and once again it will be a county game of England. Emerging nations across the globe will loose everything to the Indian money making policy. Really it is found to be a poor idea by the BCCI.

  • M.Faheem on January 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    BCCI want to shift from 'democracy' to 'dictatorship', simply because it's in a position to do that. After implementation of this proposal, there will be no incidences of 'South Africa not happy with BCCI's changes to the tour', as BCCI will be the one to decide such things in future. It is pity that BCCI wants to run its shop under ICC's banner; it can simply make BCCI's membership compulsory for every cricket playing country, after all it is generating 80% of the revenue.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    why can't the rest of the world join together to form their own governing body? leave the big three to play amongst themselves. The Media giants will cut their funding to these selfish giants pretty quick when the viewers leave in droves

  • naeemhussain on January 23, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Who declared them the big three ?

  • TheScot on January 23, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    So I might not be able to see Ishant Sharma bowling in a world cup again? But would I still be able to watch Corey Anderson thwack the ball around the park ...? I would have chosen second option any day. Bye Bye BCCI ... Have a nice IPL circus. Lets welcome back the old cricket.

  • darren_1146 on January 23, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    While the BCCI is flexing its muscles and demanding a two-tier test system, the Indian Cricket Team is being beaten to a stupor by New Zealand, who is ranked five places lower !!! Ironic, huh?!?!

  • Blade-Runner on January 23, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist ; What a load of rubbish as usual. India can't simply make it on the field so that they try to bully their way onto the top. Exemption from relegation, stop touring 'n play more international cricket at home(coz they are mediocre tourists), executive powers at the ICC..Is this how India are trying to serve "World Cricket" ??? When was the last time India hosted Bangladesh or Zimbabwe ??? Have they really acted like they care about world cricket in the past ?? Now they are threatening to boycott ICC events if they can't have their way. The question is that if other 7 countries are gonna let it(organized fixing) happen.

  • senthilshanmu on January 23, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    I am a Indian... I feel ashamed how BCCI threatens other countries... If India does not participate in ICC events, they are going to lose a lot of loyal supporters like me... If that happens, BCCI will not be run with IPL only... I think BCCI not only going to destroy cricket in the world but also in India too.

  • shane-oh on January 23, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    @OupootZA - I don't know, one of those nations you mentioned is currently pummeling the living daylights out of India. This suggests your theory may need more work...

  • Ratmobile on January 23, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    India should be left to play with themselves and left out altogether of playing other nations. It will intresting to see how much revenue they will generate when they dont play international cricket. Have the others got the gutts to speak up and say so??

  • shane-oh on January 23, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Well, that's that then. Now that the BCCI is openly threatening the cricket world, the only solution is to cut them loose and start working towards getting international cricket functioning without Indian money. As I have said many times, this transition will be tough at the start, there's no doubt about that, but this is a necessary step.

    The best possible outcome now is that the Full Members reject this outrageous proposal, then hopefully CA and the ECB decide to side with logic, the entire cricketing public, all of the cricket players in the world and the best interests of the game, by respecting this resounding rejection. Then we can see the BCCI extend the IPL to 48 weeks a year and fade off into the sunset.

    We've seen a lot of bullying behaviour from the BCCI in the last decade or so, but this really is another level.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    So, if the ICC doesn't do what India (or England or Australia) tells them, they won't participate in (say) the world cup?

    Isn't it fantastic to know that the game we love is in the hands of far sighted administrators who are only concerned for the game, not their own egos? The proposal seems to me to be bad in principle because it creates a 3 team "top tier", based solely on cash generation, and reduces international competition. Blackmailing others into accepting the changes is not appropriate. The current (very good) SA team is frozen out under these rules. What would happen if a truly great team emerged outside the "Big 3"? For example if West Indies had another team like the 1980's (unlikely because it would involve the WICB getting its act together)?

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    all the other boards should start their own govering body and bycott icc england and australia can keep playing ashes australia will struggle in english conditions england will struggle in aussie conditions india will struggle both in england and australia while australia will struggle in india and england might be able to put up a fight against india as shown in the recent series. All the other cricketing nations should play each other . Australia can keep having the CB series invoving india and england what a joy

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 23, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @Vaughan123 The reason Kallis's last game wasnt at Newlands is because Newlands as a venue was refused by the BCCI. They selected Durban instead where SA has its worst Test record. Its common knowledge that BCCI could even choose which grounds it wants to play on during the tour. If find this repulsive.

    RIP global cricket.

  • Atish_Man on January 23, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Wow.. Bilateral agreement. So now we are going to win in aus and eng. There will b a rank turner at perth, mcg,headingly and lords...... Luv u bcci

  • bobbo2 on January 23, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    What a joke. This will be bad in the long run for all cricket nations including India, England and Australia as TV revenues drop due to shrinking interest. The fact India are being owned by NZ shows why they should not be exempt from dropping the proposed tiers. I hope the other nations refuse to play the big three and stop their players going to the IPL. This might show the big three the value of the other nations. Money is important but this is a game and I fear money is becoming the only factor in these decisions.

  • geoffbud on January 23, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    India, England and Australia propose making a rule that they should be exempt from relegation, no matter how many matches they lose. There is a simpler way of achieving this: why don't they just make a rule that no other country is permitted to beat them?

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    So Cricket is the next victim of unquenchable greed. What a shame.

  • tanweeralam on January 23, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    This proposal should be blocked BCCI can bark but ultimately it has to answer us the fans Let it stop our team from participation and then Srinivasan will know what is his right place

  • HatersAreOrdinary on January 23, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Then let it be! We dont need you! Who cares if india play or not! People dont watch the game for money! They watch it bcoz they love cricket!

  • tigers_eye on January 23, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    To get the necessary 7 votes India is now putting pressure on ICC 8 members saying the blanket includes them as well. What happens with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe?

  • T20Fun on January 23, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Financial clout or not I don't think the BCCI can go-ahead with this. For one thing the ICC inclusive of all members could sue the BCCI. Also, and more importantly, I think TV broadcasters and sponsors could also sue the BCCI for causing financial damage which was dependent on a full-strength Indian team playing at those events. Again the BCCI might be able to hire the best lawyers but I doubt if the clout and lawyer army of multiple-MNCs can overcome that.

  • nareshgb1 on January 23, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Excuse me - India generates 80% of the revneue - and it will get a MAXIMUM of 21% of the revenue? People - what is the freakin' problem with that. BCCI are being way too generous I would say. Cant understand what the noise is all about.

  • Samdanh on January 23, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Right time. Other nations-including England and Aus, get together and form part of a more balanced ICC and exclude India. This, while rest of the nations together from ICC, play the game as per norms and rules that are existing now, including the FTP. BCCI will fall in line, as without the game of Cricket, BCCI is non-existent. Right time

  • SLrider32 on January 23, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    these big three boards are being too selfish dont they understand this will kill the cricket in small nations!!

  • Lord_ABRACADABRA on January 23, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    this is how they want to destroy Cricket. BCCI making a joke out of INDIA...Shame on these people.

  • Atish_Man on January 23, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @kashem Khan please dont say India. Many indian fans are against this.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    I'm not sure the BCCI are qualified to make decisions in the interests of cricket at large. They're suggesting a course of action which will, in time deprive the IPL of its greatest asset - the diversity of players involved. Of course, none of the current board members will be involved in the game by the time that comes to pass.

    I'm an Australian and it's sad (although not surprising) that the value of a fair go isn't something that the board members of Cricket Australia hold in any regard. If the other boards explore options of going it alone - and they would not be doing their due diligence if they didn't - I know which product I'd be voting for with my consumer dollars.

    Such an outcome would also provide the shunned seven with a vested interest in assisting with the establishment of an effective, functioning alternative to the USACA in the greatest market of all. Wouldn't that be something?

  • 101010101010 on January 23, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Shame on India ... its a big shame on them ... the so called big three :(

  • G-Rocker on January 23, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    This is Stupidity at an insane level ...

  • AH_USA on January 23, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Until the late 70s/early 80s, PAK & IND dominated the game of Field Hockey. There were pockets of decent performances from other nations (AUS,GER) but no other team came even close to these two teams. Then the European hockey boards out-voted PAK and IND in favor of artificial turf because: (a) they knew that as long as hockey is played on natural grass, they had no chance of beating these two teams (b) they knew that being 3rd world countries, PAK & IND would not be able to afford turfs at all level & Europeans had turf available at their school level (c) there is hardly any stick work required on turf. So, even though all countries could grow natural grass, the elites decided that hockey should be played on turf. Now, look at the state of hockey in PAK and IND and how it has deteriorated ONLY due to lack of facilities and not due to of lack of talent. With this plan, cricket will be dead in countries that are not generating enough revenue because they will not get enough money.

  • venkatesh018 on January 23, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    After this ICC takeover is passed, then Indian domestic first class cricket will be the next to go the gallows. Why will anyone need four-day first class cricket ie Ranji, Duleep etc. when India aren't going to play any overseas tours post 2015 World Cup? The silence from the Indian past cricketers on these matters is as usual deafening.

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Bilateral negotiations means we are going to win overseas from now onwards he he he.Wickets will be dictated by BCCI for sure ..

  • csr11 on January 23, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    As an indian fan I am appalled by this street bully behavior of the administrators who lead Indian cricket. First the South African tour fiasco and now this! Our power as a cricketing nation does not come from our power to bully other countries with money, it comes from victory on the field, fought hard with sweat and blood but I would'nt expect these money crazed bureaucrats to understand that.. That said, i would ask our friends from other countries not to center the blame on just the BCCI - to do that would be to miss the point that there are two others - ECB and CA who are hand in glove here. These administrators are just as machiavellian though they seem to have more finesse.

  • shane-oh on January 23, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Well, that's that then. Now that the BCCI is openly threatening the cricket world, the only solution is to cut them loose and start working towards getting international cricket functioning without Indian money. As I have said many times, this transition will be tough at the start, there's no doubt about that, but this is a necessary step.

    The best possible outcome now is that the Full Members reject this outrageous proposal, then hopefully CA and the ECB decide to side with logic, the entire cricketing public, all of the cricket players in the world and the best interests of the game, by respecting this resounding rejection. Then we can see the BCCI extend the IPL to 48 weeks a year and fade off into the sunset.

    We've seen a lot of bullying behaviour from the BCCI in the last decade or so, but this really is another level.

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    if it is good for india then, they should go for. we dont any favours from our haters. so why we should do any favours....

  • premclement on January 23, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    why don't ICC take away the power from England and give it to India? The latter generates more money than England or Australia. when England had power, no one complained but when India does, then everything is wrong, is it?

  • Duidelik on January 23, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Let me relate a story of my childhood to you guys..... When I was a young boy we used to play cricket on a deserted field around the corner from our house with MY cricket bat, stumps and ball. Whenever my friends scored many runs and I always got bowled out without scoring, I used to sulk and take MY cricket equipment home. When I got home, I felt good because I denied my friends any more runs and wickets, but then after a while I felt really bad because I had no friends anymore!!

    Sounding familiar.....??

  • chapathishot on January 23, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Which of the seven other countries excluding SA have just and democratic values in their national politics??????????????.Those who criticize the proposal should atleast have the courtesy to read it ,Have any one criticizing it read it in detail.As in any agreement if some clauses are taken out of context it can be used to give different meanings according to the requirement of person using it .

  • d_ban on January 23, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Its the ultmate blywood stry whre the bad,grdy,pwrful villain(ind,aus,eng) rules the day an honest guy(sa-desrving chmps on the fld) stnds up to their evil rule nd fights thm.hpefully,the climax wld b similr to the mvies where aftr all the hardshps nd sacrifices the gd guy wins nd nrmalcy returns.

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    This is just a destructive proposal for ICC.

  • Umar79 on January 23, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    So called three big want to finish the cricket that already losing values and priorities in Aus / Eng. New sports talent is taking interest in Soccer. So they are going to kill Cricket. BCCI should start internal league cricket and exit ICC. We love old ICC tournaments no need IPL like tournaments.

  • stopindianevileye on January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    It is india and all its indian institution has created in a way that their main aim is to inject sickning and virus like new and only india benefitting ideology now politicss in sports but this sickning dirty indian people forgot that just yesterday they were very poor in cricket -and today it is only indian dirty political idea putting other less weaker emerging cricket nation into a condition by harbouring Australia and england as a eye wash but behind the scene it is india playing the real game -please don't fall pray and let our very own world of sports get infected by indian sickning virus-at the end this india introducing dirty politics into sports of cricket to destroy the whole spirit of sports of cricket -remember what goes around comes around- the system u people are creating today will be face the consequences of that system tomorrow-so sit down all party and think in a better way-participating cricket by all nations poor or rich good or bad n indus to shut up

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    It's shame for India, Australia and England, I can say, ICC is going to divide and destroy the cricket world. "Cricket shell be every ones passion not politics".

  • CM1000 on January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    @vaughn123 - I agree this would be very bad for world cricket. From a South African perspective, I am sure there would still be strong demand from the Big 3 to have South Africa tour their countries, and they would have to compensate SA accordingly to make it worth their while. The big problem I think for South Africa is that you would get lots more Pietersens and Trotts leaving South Africa and moving to England to chase the money (as England are very happy to have foreigners in their side), as earning potential will become even more unbalanced if there is a Big 3. So that this didn't kill South African cricket, maybe it would be best to make it a bit like Packer's World Series Cricket, but with the South African team based in England, instead of the West Indies and "World" teams that were effectively based in Australia during WCC. It is such a pity that South African supporters don't seem to turn up in enough numbers for Test matches in South Africa to generate decent revenue.

  • Stark62 on January 23, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    This is one of the reasons why, it would have been ideal to have postponed the voting, until after the world T20!!

    Lets hope, the other 6 form their own union and invite associates, then organise and play the world T20 tourny amongst themselves.

    Let Aus, Ind, Eng and NZ play their mini "world" T20.

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    I think all all the other cricket boards like CSA , PCB , NZC and WICB should Drag BCCI The Court of Arbitration for Sportin Switzerland and prevent BCCI from destroying the game of cricket.

  • First_Drop on January 23, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    The cricketing world needs to stand up to the BCCI. If this goes through, I will suggest a boycott.

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    India is power hungry. This is absolutely ridiculous and its about time they are stopped. Kick them out of the events if there going to behave like this. There not the dominant force in world cricket at the moment at all, there staring down the barrel of a series defeat against the 8th ranked team in the world. Its timed there suspended and finally this coruption ends

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    this is has no democratic system...this will destroy cricket...go make another organization including those three teams.

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    If these proposals are serious, the other member nations MUST break away to form a seperate Cricket Federation. WI and to some extent NZ are lackeys of BCCI and they have historically supported these unfair and bullying tactics through secret monetary deals, basically being bribed to vote or support these proposals to give the BCCI and EWCB support. If they see sense, the full Test members should completely isolate BBCI, EWCB and CA, let them play amongst selves. The remaining 7 make their own federation with the addition of Ireland and Afghanistan will to take them to 9 members and give them Test Status. This 9 Country Federation would be the real cricket around the world and the so called big 3 will come begging to join it.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on January 23, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    If I were BCCI head, I will tell ICC to accept this or BCCI should quit ICC. India cannot keep doling out ICC forever. India should adopt a take it or leave it approach. As it is, in India now hardly anyone cares about international cricket. Series against Australia was played in quarter-filled stadia. Compare that to any random IPL match, where 80% occupancy of seats is there. As far as India is concerned, IPL is most popular, and it will survive whether there is ICC or not. Later on in India we can also start a winter league in which ODIs are played, and that will cover all seasons. No need for ICC, I'd say. Rest can keep playing against each other ad infinitum...

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    i hate. this 3 country. they want to kill cricket future .its so bad

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    it killed worldwide. cricket .becouse. some od learning countries they .ot gona get change to make big future. it killed also cricket popularity. so please icc don't. accept it. thank icc

  • Pakistanvictorious on January 23, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    The only purpose of this new setting is to enable India avoid the white washes overseas and to win as many games as possible at home by manipulating the FTP. This is extremely ridiculous as even fans would not like India playing selected teams at selected venues. Given the fact that Ind, Aus and Eng all have faced whitewashes to each other in recent months, the future results would be Aus in India lost 5-0, Eng in India 5-0 India in Aus and Eng 5-0 and Eng in Aus 5-0. Who would see these one sided games? only those who are obsessed with records. Any cricket without Pakistan NZ and SA is a non-sense in a sense that these teams can beat any team at any venue. Smaller nations should come together and create a new body for them that could work for betterment of cricket all over the world.

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    all country people hate india

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Shame on BCCI & shame on ICC for this rubbish proposal.

  • WalkingWicket11 on January 23, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    For all those repeatedly pleading here over the years for expelling BCCI from ICC, this is your golden opportunity. Put pressure on your respective boards to oppose the proposal, BCCI have themselves agreed to walk out. You won't get such a chance often, make good use of it. Ha ha ha.

  • Ubaidaleem on January 23, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Why They are playing cricket even. They should decide that they will be called winners for all the future cricket contests with other countries...... They have a right to declare that as they generate revenue.... I have a strong feeling that this proposal will be accepted through voting by ICC with only NZ, PAK & SA opposing it.

  • on January 23, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Evil prevails when good men do nothing.

  • nofear235 on January 23, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    shame on india ,england, australia , you are just going to finish the cricket in all of world

  • on January 23, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    obviously the big 3 will endorse it as its for them.

  • CricLook on January 23, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    The remaining sever boards should exit ICC and form an independent organization with just and democratic values. Let the so called big three in that colonial organization and enjoy their power and financial might. This will save the game from these monsters. Soon they will realize their position playing tirelessly against each other. They will definitely lose their financial might as well.

  • on January 23, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    It's sad and atrocious to give too much importance to only three nations and other big playing nations are left over. As the Great Legendary Sir Gary Sobers used to say "whoever plays, the game should be the ultimate winner". Keeping that in mind the ICC should reconsider the inclusion of all other Nations as well in the interest of the game. If only three nations are given importance, the charm of the game will be lost in the near future and viewing public will get bored by seeing again and again the same teams playing. It'll definitely ruin the game. So, ICC should reconsider it's biased decision at the earliest in the interest of the game in the long run. As a lover of the great willow game for the past five decades, I am honestly telling my opinion only in the interest of the game and not to hurt anybody's feelings.

  • on January 23, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    @pavan msd. so you are telling bcci is going to do good for the game.if bcci have the control they will harldly play test matches in eng ,aus and sa and whenever dere is threat of fall in ranking 5 they will host wi or nz or sri in a 7 match series .do you think india deserve to be in top tyre.australia drew test in SA(never lost a series in sa ) , won in srilanka ; england won in south africa and india ;sa won in australia and england ;pakistan won a odi in sa ;sri were shared winners in australia .can you tell india winning any bilateral series in australia ,england and sa in post( sourav,rahul sachin vvs anil viru )ERA ? bcci are doing this because they want to escape from being relegated,cos in 2014 INDIA will lose 11 consecutive test in NZ ,ENG AND AUSTRALIA .& 4me to see DHONI ,ROHIT ,DHAWAN ,RAINA ,VIJAY ,JADEJA .. dancing in pitch unable to play high class fast bowling from harris ,johnson ,broad,jimmy ,steyn ,vernon ,sidds etc is boring & school boy stuff

  • OupootZA on January 23, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    IMHO, cricket need a complete overhaul. Ito players, money, grounds, etc. India can easily support 5 intl-quality teams. But they are ltd to only 1. Contrast to Zim, WI, NZ, Bangl. that can barely put 1 good intl quality side together due to ltd players, money, etc.

    Inter-nation cricket should mostly be ltd to tests (eg two 6-8 week windows: Dec&Feb, Jul&Aug): say a 2 year test Home&Away league where winner with most pts get cup. Intl ODI/T20 should be ltd to ICC tournaments. Allow the money-generating ltd over cricket & T20 to be played in prof. franchises (e.g. a 6 team SA league, a 8 team Aus league, 10-12 team Indian league, etc.), and an annual inter-league competition. Quality WI/NZ cricketers can either earn R500k-$1m at franchise in India, $100k-$200k at franchise in Aus, or $50k-$100k at franchise in SA. Let BCCI, ECB, CA get most of their funding from organising domestic league.

    Soccer, NBA, NBL, NFL, etc.. most money is at franchise level. Intl games is about prestige.

  • AlbertEinstein on January 23, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    The way I see it if this proposal goes ahead we might have a case of 2 ICCs, one representing India, England and Australia and the other (poorer one) representing the rest of the world. From what we have seen in the past i.e Pakistan supporting Ireland and Afghanistan, South Africa supporting Zimbabwe might be the poorer ICC that will spread the game across the globe and ultimately win the financial and representation battle.

  • BobFleming on January 23, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Jarrod Kimber warned about exactly this sort of power grab around 6 months ago. That is why he is the best cricket writer on the planet.

  • on January 23, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Shame on u India, Australia and England. From now on cricket will lose its name and integrity. Cricket will only become a source of business. Also shame on all other cricketing nations who did not stood in front of this decision.

    Long Live CSA for there hard work and transparency.

    I have been one of the maddest cricket fan and follower, but from now on i will stop watching and following this game.

  • vaughn123 on January 23, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    As a cricket fan I find this disgusting, however, as a South African I see this as the death of cricket here. At first this proposal seemed to be a joke, now though it looks like it will be passed. Due to South Africa's stance we will probably be frozen out, even if we hadn't opposed it we would have had to survive on the scraps given to us by the big Three. Big three? Definitely not in cricketing ability. I was furious we did not bring in a large crowd for Kallis' final test. If it had been at Newlands my sons and I would have been there. Is this a fair punishment for not bringing in big enough crowds or generating enough revenue? If this proposal is passed, I hope we withdraw from the ICC completely. Reinvest in a sport that's governing body appreciates the contribution we have made.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 23, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    People should go slow on such obsolete slogans as no fans no money; this isn't cricket; cricket is a game, not a business; cricket is for time-pass, not for money; cricket is a gentleman's game, not a corporate man's game.....

    no fans no money? India has 1.4 billion population. No dearth of fans. Cricket isn't a business???? Kidding me, right? SKY, ESPN, Channel 9, Neo, Sony are all multi-national charities. Right? Kallis played for free and so did Dravid and Lara. Right? Guys, you all need to chillax. Cricket is a game played by professionals. Understand the meaning of professionals? Just like how you guys are professionals and go to work to earn money and your company earns money on you. You see the relevance now? So, just chillax and acknowledge that you are just holding others to a standard that you don't hold yourself to. Let's get rid-off these double standards and enjoy better cricket where millions of dollars are at stake. This will only lead to better performances. Simple!

  • Alistair0610 on January 23, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    The BCCI have demonstrated in their recent treatment of CSA that they cannot be trusted. There is no way that they should be allowed to get away with this. It's just not cricket!

  • on January 23, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    ICC revamp mins interest will go out ...... only the three will running for MONEY.....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 23, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    If BCCI thinks it is in the best interest of cricket, probably they are correct. I'm more worried if it is in the best interests of Indian Cricket or not. We all already know that BCCI thinks good of cricket, at large. Helping bankrupt SLC, PCB, fighting for test status for Bangladesh and helping poor players across the globe with IPL contracts etc etc. BCCI basically did a lot for cricket in just a decade's time which CA and ECB together couldn't/didn't do in well over a 100 years when they were in power. So, I'm very concerned with CA and ECB getting into powerful positions. They don't think much about cricket, at large. So, I reluctantly support this, since BCCI is supporting this after due diligence.

  • SILLYFINELEG on January 23, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    No suprises that NZ endorse this. The Windies haven't said much about the proposal to date but I'd expect them to do so too. Both sides were on the revenue recieving end through their promise to vote for the BCCI. This politicking lead to an extended Indian tour in NZ and the opportunity for the Windies to be the opposition for Sachin's retirement - both of which meant money through viewing rights etc. Sad to see that money is overriding the spirit and essence of cricket.

  • on January 23, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous. "questioned the relevance of Test rankings and suggested the reinstatement of the Champions Trophy over the World Test Championship"... This has me really worried. So they think they cannot dominate/make enough money out of tests, so they want to make it less important? Just before the Champions Trophy there were rumblings on the 'Net that India was going to stop playing ODI's??

    I don't know what to do. I am a real supporter of the game, it is my first sporting love, I still play it, and I coach. As a supporter I have no idea what to do while the heavyweight and corrupt screw it up, with the spineless ICC sitting and watching it burn to ashes... (bad pun intended).

  • Gloryof96 on January 23, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    All cricketing nations should break-away from ICC and form a World Cricket Federation/Council.

    Any governing body should not side with a few but favor for all nations.

  • Rafelgibt on January 23, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    @Pavan Msd on (January 23, 2014, 9:21 GMT) Really???After getting TEST status of more than 70 years still cant play the bouncy ball on foreign soil and you are forcing Bangladesh to produce a Dravid...Simply amazing!!!If BCCI, ECB and CA are providing the largest amount of investment then they have the right to take the highest amount of PROFIT...But that doesn't allow you to do as you are providing the investment you would take all the PROFIT whether you colleagues 'DIE' or 'STARVE'...Currently BCCI is very much intend to do so by the help of ECB and CA...So, stop this INVASION...By the way if you want to make a 2 tier TEST system then go for it but don't take our rights (Financial,Organizational and Environmental) what we are very eligible to get...

  • Dutch_Bowler on January 23, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Yep, thats what you need. Competition of 3. Should have done that in the 80's. Then there would be WI, AUS and India. We would never have seen ENG again. SL would not have come of age and Andy Flower (ZIM) would not have been no1 test batsman for a time. It's all about the money. Our money. ICC should be there to make shure every country gets there (chance to have a) turn to be top. Business, profit and money are not the only thing of "value" in life.

  • Naresh28 on January 23, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Most indian fans are against this. Cricket is there for all. Why make blocks?

  • MrGarreth on January 23, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    If you had any doubt this proposal would be enforced, they should now be well and truly put to bed. What an elitist mess.

  • Mercival on January 23, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    It's very much short term thinking by the BCCI.

    While they may get more money, and some of their fans may enjoy seeing more successes as they improve, as other countries (with the exception of England and Australia) financially bleed and fall behind, in the long term Indian fans will get sick of playing against only England and Australia,, which is ultimately where this is leading.

    Which begs the question, why does the BCCI care so much about how much money they get? The BCCI is hardly short of money as they are. Their players already earn very very good money. They will hardly run off and play a different sport if they don't earn an extra crore. Their is no financial crisis in India's international cricket at the moment. (The IPL, is another question altogether)

    We have to ask ourselves what is the point of sport, and ultimately it's to provide enjoyment and entertainment to the masses. A cricket board and it's players gaining more riches is not the purpose. The love of cricket is.

  • Swerver on January 23, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Ind, Eng and Aus can't seem to claim the number 1 ranking back from SA, so the relevance of the system is now questioned? That's very much like a bully being unable to intimidate the school nerd and then declaring "Well, it doesn't really matter to me, I didn't actually want THAT swing anyway" ...despite shouting "We're the kings of the castle!" from it for nine years. Only relevant if one of them is at the top obviously.

  • on January 23, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Proposal in interest of cricket, no. Proposal in interest of BCCI, hell yeah.

  • on January 23, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Not that I would support the idea but if the BCCI were not involved it would be a little bit more acceptable. CA run cricket well in Australia and I think they could offer quite a bit to the ICC, not sure about ECB but I don't mind them. However, the BCCI has clearly shown where their priorities lie. The way they have treated the FTP has been a disgrace and with them in power it can only go one way - downwards.

  • CricketFever11 on January 23, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Well do you know the reality behind this. If India has power beyond FTP, they can invite WI, Zim, Kenya, PNG to India year round allowing their players to score ODI double centuries, Chase 350 scores every day. Coz once they travel outside their ODI double centurions cant even put bat in to ball. Way to go BCCI.

  • ajithabey on January 23, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Money is the root cause of all evil and India have played right into the hands of the past colonial masters sacrificing all other cricket playing nations and the players. What a shame. We only hope justice will prevail when it goes for voting so that South Africa,Pakistan,Sri Lanka,New Zealand,Windies and Bangladesh will get together and veto these proposals in the larger interest of the game.

  • on January 23, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    The BCCI want to run the game on their terms. Play who and where they want too. The other countries should all vote against this and stop it from happening. The BCCI has already disrespected the FTP on numerous occasions - can you imagine what will happen once they in control of it? If this goes through the IPL will be on the ICC calender which means no other cricket will be played during the IPL. More access to players for those franchises and a larger audience as there is no other cricket to watch. Stop this now otherwise cricket will die - slowly and painfully.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    jese what a surprise that BCCI & our board (CA) have both come out supporting this & amazingly, they're 2 out of the 3 that would benefit most out of this ludicrous proposal....

  • RntyZFCoutkast on January 23, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @VisBal... spot on mate, spot on.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @PAVAN MSD really amazing coment, '' I will watch AB playing Mitchell Johnson every day of the year. I will not get bored'' man first think what you have written. they are planing to take out south africa as well so you will left with only indian batsman dancing in front of mitchel johnson. there will be no AB vs johnson.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Great to see that "felt that this proposal was in the interest of cricket at large" Lolz. Even without any so-called power, you are already favoring cricket and cricket fans by opposing DRS, by opposing SA (Short series), by opposing playing against pak, by opposing playing agianst BD. I can imagine only what you would do after having this proposal a go.

  • reality_check on January 23, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    "BCCI endorses ICC revamp" Imagine my complete lack of surprise

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Right now the bullies of the world game(Ind, Aus, Eng) are just whitewashing each other in their own backyard. Can it get more boring than this???. Talented teams lke SA and Pak are being resigned to minnow status whilst they have both in recent times beaten the "Top 3" in Tests and ODI.India cant even beat the 8th ranked NZ in ODIs at the moment and have a 9-0 record in away Tests in the last couple of years and yet want to be exempt from relegation, as do Eng who were whitewashed in a Test series by Pakistan and then beaten 2-0 at home by SA.Dont be surprised when Pak thrash Aus later in the year in UAE also. I am sorry but money cant buy talent and success and neither can it buy the integrity which has been lost due to this ridiculous proposal. I expect SA to be joined by Pak, SL and Zimb at least to block the proposal.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    If this happens then every single country in the world excluding India , England and Australia should boycott the game of cricket and just let these 3 countries play among each other . SHAME ! SHAME ! SHAME !

  • VisBal on January 23, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Why am I not surprised? Obviously he author would be happy with his own work.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Final chapter I suppose, before this sport go in the likes of America Football, Australian rules football

  • haqster499 on January 23, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    this is beginning of the end of country cricket. A Pakistani, West indian, Kiwi, Bangladeshi will play for IPL. Big Bash and in the UK. Mercenary cricket. IPL will become more important for players than the world cup (just like football)

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    A Few Things:

    a) The sport needs money. Don't kid yourself saying that the game should win over money. Too bad, the broadcasters wont telecast a game that they don't see as financially viable. b) I will watch AB playing Mitchell Johnson every day of the year. I will not get bored. I can never stand Hafeez playing Steyn again and again, it is stupid. So, you need quality to make interesting test encounters. And, I support test cricket.

    c) Most of the test matches outside these countries generate little interest in the local fans. You have to agree that there is no widespread love for the game in most of the countries.

    d) The only problem with the current draft is the free pass they are getting. Get rid of that and it is actually pretty good. Might actually force Bangladesh to produce a Dravid.

    e) Take a moment and think objectively, before jumping on the hate bandwagon

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Rest of the world should make there own council. Let these three nations play eachother.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    In 147 years Test cricket managed only 10 out of over 200 countries. ICC must be overwhelmed by their achievements that they are plotting to eliminate 2 of them. Look at FIFA. They have 209 countries associated with them and eagerly waiting for new nation to emerge in world geography.

  • nibir78 on January 23, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    BCCI should also propose/endorse home-match only in next phase to keep place at ranking for the large interest of the game.

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    so you are using cricket for business purpose only?? soon you will run out of fans.. please remember, no fans no money..

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    BCCI along with ECB and CA are the three most shameless organization of the world while ICC along with UN are lamest.

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    And this, future historians, is when the beginning of the end for cricket happened. And that is why the World Series of Cricket is held only in India with a few token foreign talent coming from the Islands of the Britsh Isles and Australia.

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    ICC you shuld think that with this approval it maeans cricket will be for three countries, window will be opened for IPL, BBL, CLt20 & T20 Blast. which will be the last year for the cricket developments.

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    This is most outrageous proposal in the history of this great game. Shame on you BCCI and other 2 boards. This will not be passed at the ICC meeting. Keep Daydreaming.

  • Vees1000 on January 23, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Should we have expected otherwise?

  • Captainman on January 23, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    "interest of Cricket at large"??? - lol best joke of the year no doubt. These endorsements will literally make Cricket extinct in future.

  • buddhikapm on January 23, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Where is the gentlemen's in this game. All are money interest on the game at all

  • buddhikapm on January 23, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Where is the gentlemen's in this game. All are money interest on the game at all

  • Captainman on January 23, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    "interest of Cricket at large"??? - lol best joke of the year no doubt. These endorsements will literally make Cricket extinct in future.

  • Vees1000 on January 23, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Should we have expected otherwise?

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    This is most outrageous proposal in the history of this great game. Shame on you BCCI and other 2 boards. This will not be passed at the ICC meeting. Keep Daydreaming.

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    ICC you shuld think that with this approval it maeans cricket will be for three countries, window will be opened for IPL, BBL, CLt20 & T20 Blast. which will be the last year for the cricket developments.

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    And this, future historians, is when the beginning of the end for cricket happened. And that is why the World Series of Cricket is held only in India with a few token foreign talent coming from the Islands of the Britsh Isles and Australia.

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    BCCI along with ECB and CA are the three most shameless organization of the world while ICC along with UN are lamest.

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    so you are using cricket for business purpose only?? soon you will run out of fans.. please remember, no fans no money..

  • nibir78 on January 23, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    BCCI should also propose/endorse home-match only in next phase to keep place at ranking for the large interest of the game.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    In 147 years Test cricket managed only 10 out of over 200 countries. ICC must be overwhelmed by their achievements that they are plotting to eliminate 2 of them. Look at FIFA. They have 209 countries associated with them and eagerly waiting for new nation to emerge in world geography.