India news June 7, 2014

BCCI threatened to form parallel world cricket body


The BCCI had threatened to form a parallel world cricket body before the England and Australia boards agreed to the controversial restructuring of the ICC and decided to give a lion's share of its revenue to the India board, according to the BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.

"We got criticised by many in the media and lot of them did not agree but we told them that if India is not getting its proper due and importance then India might be forced to form a second ICC of its own," Patel said at the Sports Journalists Federation of India's annual convention in Hyderabad.

"England and Australia agreed and after that it was decided and from June 27th onwards the new structure will come into place. I would like to state that all 10 Full Members have signed the resolution."

There was also no stopping BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan from taking over as the chairman of the ICC later this month in Melbourne as the Indian Supreme Court has not prevented him from doing so, Patel said.

"By the month end, India will take a leading role in the ICC. Mr Srinivasan is going. There is no Supreme Court bar on him. Both of us are going to Melbourne. In the last four months we have settled (the issue) with all the Full Members of the ICC and convinced them about the new structure and the new financial model of the ICC which would be followed in the coming years.

"India would play a leading role in the ICC and the reasons are well known. India is more or less responsible for 68 to 72 percent of the ICC's gross revenue but unfortunately so far we were getting three to four percent of it."

Patel said that a private agency study had confirmed India's substantial contribution to the ICC.

"Srinivasan asked a private agency to study the model and find out who is responsible for what amount and we found that India is responsible for 72 percent and ICC worked out that it was 68 percent. We had a meeting with the ICC officials in Dubai and we informed that 68 to 72 percent is not an issue but it was clear that the majority of the income is coming from India, so why should India take only three to four percent?"

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  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    second ICC? so who the hell was going to follow them? if 9 had stuck together then india alone would have been their own icc.

  • Android on June 9, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    I can see in this post that 73% of the comments come from Indian fans. The rest of us have other sports to follow if they mess up Cricket!

  • Sunil on June 9, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    @mpva - Tnx for your comments. Not sure about authenticity - India generates 70% of revenue and gets only 4%, assuming it's true, not surprised India asking for more, fair or not! Some say test cricket is real cricket, when you try to explain it to people who don't know cricket, they are surprised, even after 5 days there could be no result; how do you promote cricket to them? Even people from cricket loving countries don't watch test matches, low spectator, low TV revenue. World is changing, people are busy, they want T20, they don't even want ODI. People may not like IPL but it's here to stay and grow like NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB etc. Don't know how FIFA revenue is shared but not sure if India being a member of FIFA, gets equal share of revenue as Brazil. It's never ending discussion and cannot be resolved in this forum but great to see different perspective. I grew up watching cricket when it was played for 5 days plus 1 off day. But now T20 and ODI is cricket for me and many.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Cricket is enough... india will paly it for us. We need very good Football team... Aim should be FIFA world cup 2022

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    It's time dissolve current BCCI board and place a team which take care of the interest of cricket. As a board they are representing the country so they have to behave in a proper way. Looks like these guys are going with there own personal interest rather than country's or cricket interest.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    So there are two parts, One is revenue share, which I believe should be decided on how much business one generates as that is a good yardstick. And what do you do with this revenue and how best the revenue sharing also percolates to the building of the game. If you get big revenue you should also spend it in right manner on of which is building of the game in associates and newer countries. This we do not know yet how capable India can do as it is in future and depends on revenue sharing so cut to the chase why are other countries so worried about how much share does India get and not get because if the revenues share is 68% you cannot oblige by giving 4% and take away the rest. If this is done to your team I am sure there would be much more raucous. Atleast India has the courtesy to put it across all the cricket nations and arrive at a consus and not making noise. While now they are forced to give an explanation which should be their rights.

  • Makarand on June 9, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    @Sunil_Canada NBA,NHL,MLB are all US leagues those are not world federations for those sports. They share revenue among their shareholders. IMO, comparing FIFA with ICC will be more accurate.

  • Sunil on June 9, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    India's dominance / arrogance is evident. Basketball league (NBA), Ice Hockey league (NHL), National Football league (NFL - American Football, not soccer), Major League Baseball (MLB) are played in North America, mainly USA (USA generates most of the revenue) although some other countries also play these games. Similarly there are a few soccer leagues in Europe. If India starts to play these sports, have competitive team and starts to ask for a lion's share of the revenue generated from these sports, it will never get that and no one would care for India's demand unless it generates revenue. The reality (although if it may not sound nice) is if you generate revenue you will control it. If India stops generating such revenue from cricket, no one will pay heed to India's arrogance. Let's hope India uses the revenue for the growth (not easy though with other competing sports) of cricket worldwide, support financially weaker nations and make it a popular sport.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 , are you talking about performance or revenue generation. I think both are different. India is champion in ODI , Runners up T20. Aus and CSA are top in Test matches but how does it relate to 4% of revenue share. Its like this. The more Percentage share should be related to how much revenue generation one country does; Also, what is possible in when USA or china play is no where here. In their country the revenue for Cricket will be miniscule still compare to 68%. So if ICC is a co. the profit sharing wouldn't it be prudent for it to divide the share in the amount of sales a country does. If you think it is not then it is absurd as every operating concern in the world works in this manner.

  • Johann on June 9, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Two facts: * India generates by far the bulk of revenue for the ICC - call it 70% * The BCCI could not care less about test cricket

    Why not a novel solution, give full control over T20's (and ODI's for that matter) to the BCCI. The BCCI gets to host 1 IPL per year and 1 T20 WC per year.

    Essentially in SA and Aus we want cricket over Dec/Jan. Eng wants cricket in Jul/Aug. So if the BCCI could spare us 4 months out of the year we would be happy. That leaves 8 months of IPL make believe cricket

    This way everybody is happy. Traditionalists gets to watch normal cricket and India can watch make believe smash and miss for nearly 75% of the year

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