India news June 7, 2014

BCCI threatened to form parallel world cricket body

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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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  • 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.

  • 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_Canada 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • mpva 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_Canada 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.

  • 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.

  • Skolla 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

  • 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.

  • 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_Canada 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • mpva 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_Canada 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.

  • 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.

  • Skolla 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

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 9, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    cont from last post - For the recd.,I am from Ind. Not neccessarily an Ind fan though! -:)

  • Nampally on June 9, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    @No_Chance_Pal: "If BCCI want to be true leaders they have to help Develop Cricket all over the World"!. With all due respect Sir that is the Role of ICC, who are supposed to allocate funds from their revenues generated. India generates 70% of the ICC revenues but is getting only 4% for their efforts. Where is the other 66% going? Look, India has done grossly more than its fair share for years. It is up to ICC executive to get off their butts & do something good for the World Cricket. If India gets out of ICC, it will be a bankrupt & redundant organisation. ICC need to be real Leaders by helping develop Cricket in countries like Canada, USA, African & European countries + Asian countries- using the revenues generated by India. ICC has not even perfected the use of technology for the 8 major Nations playing Test cricket. What are they doing with all the revenues generated? That is the real question.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 9, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    @GR8GAUR- To correct you SL is world champ in t20.In ODIs its almost 4 years since Ind's WC W.Next 1s in Aus where they are'nt fancied even for s/f.Past glories.Any ways SL with Eng W has proved to be best ODI side of sub cont.Also W Asia cup with o/s Ws.

  • Vilander on June 9, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    SLC,PCB,BCB and Zim board are not well off even CSA and NZC has its problems..if india was getting 4% and rest was shared with others then why is this happening ? people from subcontinent should stop blindly hating India and think before they post.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 9, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    @Devo-U2 - I got to disagree on that.Take Ashes as best eg.For 2 of top 5 powerhouse countries in world Eng,Aus-financially,infra,std of life,advanced-and developed 1st world too,it's most watched,celebrated,prestigious sporting event in these countries.

  • GR8GAUR on June 9, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    @electric_loco: you talk about test ranking because that is the only format where India lags behind. why not talk about ODI's and t20's.we have been winner in both and secondly....read before you comment . revenue distribution has got nothing to do with rankings.... btw which side do you belong to?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 9, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Hope ICC took matter in own hands,cut down Ind's present revenue pie-about 2 pc as their secretary claims-and make it half.The most Ind should get is no more than 1 pc.Give that cut to top deserving teams-Aus,SA.For no.5 side Ind's getting twice 2 many?

  • GR8GAUR on June 9, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    @almightys- really! usa and china??? LOL... 6 years ago i saw the news that Wasim and other Pak players are coaching Chinese team and they will enter in a couple of years...but they are nowhere to be seen. and USA.... they cant have enough of their baseball. its because of our 1.2 billion army and that our only passion is cricket the reason that cricket still exist....otherwise those days will eventually return when their will be ashes all 12 months.

  • Almightys on June 9, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Cricket needs more number of teams. This situation would have not occurred if there was many countries had their share in generating revenue. there are many richer countries, like USA and China, where the game could have been developed with full potential.

    BCCI is playing this political game the time when Bangladesh is added into the full time test playing nation.

    Its about how new money gets generated for sport, ICC should also think the way BCCI is thinking and add more new countries as full time test playing nations then only BCCI wont bully other nations and sport will be clean.

    Atleast one strong leader should come from other nations and open their own ICC and should leave India, Australia and England aside. I am sure as the time goes Australia and England will also move to new ICC and India will be alone.

  • Samdanh on June 9, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    It is simple. The scenario is thus because India gets to play other nations in ICC. It is not so if it was playing only with itself. What if rest of the nations form a different forum and leave India out? India will make and contribute ZERO; and rest of the nations will be playing among themselves with what they contribute and get. Period. Get the kick going. And India, its players and its followers, will fall in line. If they don't, then cricket in India, dies.

  • on June 9, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Even being a die-hard cricket fan and Neutral on controversial issues even if involves my home country, I have no problems of revenue sharing models giving India the Lion share or key posts in ICC. My concerns are related only to the decision making shouldn't be performed favoring any country on political or relationship basis instead of merit and fairness. If this wouldn't be controlled then it will transform the ICC to be ineffective and a parallel Cricket Council would become a reality; minus India, England and Aussies this time. I really wish this wouldn't happen as this will make cricket follow a steep decline.

  • on June 9, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    India and BCCI is completely fair in asking the percentage according to the revenue generated. If leave the cricket aside all the world does same and they snatch more than they deserve. Other countries do not consider India as potential and never give the chance upgrade itself, until and unless it favors them. BCCI is right in asking for the money the deserve. In Sales, out of 10 team members, if 1 is working and earning 68-72% for the firm, would you consider him paying only 3-4% and others who earn mere 1-2%, would you consider paying them also the same amount. Do u think it is fair? then why one should work hard for others, and work for himself and earn all himself.

  • on June 9, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Go BCCI!!! What all the whining people here don't understand is that this will help associate nations to come up. And especially surprised by the response of other asian nations, since India supports most of them, if not all of them. Mind you, get ready to eat your words soon!!

  • ground-boy on June 9, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Remedy for aches, body or stomach, have some pain killer or gripe mixture with fun medicine to anything. At the helm of using technology , entrust technology govern matters if humans fail. Fame of the game boosts with hits over the rope and let database back-ends, that how many sixes Gayle stormed in IPL while his mother watching live telecast with Morison's shouts. NASA supported hi-tech covering over Carebian Islands may be needed. That might convert the American heavy-weight a cric lover promoting it in soccer crazy north and south America and even in whole Schengen area.

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on June 9, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @Shawon Nazrul Islam: I wish you had less influence of the Alcohol. Don't you know Indians are the current world champions in limited overs Cricket? They won against every other team in test cricket in the past 7 years. Are you from a rival country of India? If so, how much did your players paid for fixing those matches against India and for overstepping in the delivery stride? :)

  • on June 9, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    I see nothing wrong in India asking better revenue share because any more funds accommodated would be better used by BCCI in International Cricket Development.

    Are England and Australia Cricket board getting better revenue share from ICC? Did any one ask this question?

    @ cricpolitics Reverse the things? Imagine India not participating nor matches played in India. ICC will loose 70% income.

  • HealthyCric on June 9, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    To people who are concerned about cricket, take it easy, India has given a tremendous boost to cricket(20-20,1 day and Tests) and it will continue to do so. Existing countries are relying on India for tours more than ever and Indian TEAM is not rested single day (resting some players now a days is a good sign though). As a worlds largest cricket loving nation, India is the last country to degrade cricket. No one else in the world likes any cricketer (from any country ) like Indians do, You play we like you- we don't care if it is AKRAM or LARA or MAXWELL.

    About money and power, that's enough of sitting in the back seat for many years, you should get what you deserve.

    About performance statistics will show the pictures. It was so boring when AUS No1 for a long time, India broke their record an things changed SA now then some one else might take lead later. That's beauty of cricket. No matter India wins or not, Indian people are going love cricket and waiting for next game.

  • on June 9, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    we all know India is after money & this confirm that they are going to do anything to get bigger amount. unfortunately ICC couldn't stand themselves & said if you want to have your own ICC do it it doesn't make any different to us. India is a huge market & their fans loving their cricket but without any international commitment its obvious that fan will not getting so much interest for local matches. India ignoring all the associations nations & been very selfish. if look you might think they are right & they need to get higher percentage of share. but when you look this matter on deeply you will see the disaster india going to do a world cricket.........

  • ground-boy on June 9, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    3 tire restructuring hasn't met the desires or requirements because of one long leg of the tri-pod ,confirming that is not the suitable governing body. Religious-sport facing the problem of financial strength vs. chronicle values ? Governors may not be bothered about cricket falling to a low level and yet break box office revenue records like a film that run only one day. Only one day cinemas making big money in India covering expenses. 4 full members initially opposed to big three concept and now it seems worsening the situation.

  • on June 9, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    If I were the president of ICC, I would have done lot of research for the survival and existence of cricket without BCCI or India, the way they are dominating and killing the cricket. Not only that, they are killing the talents from the emerging nations. Yeah, I do understand that 68-72%, the BCCI generates revenue. But I think, if the cricket is limited only in their country, then no doubt their significance and players talent won't be exposed at all. For what we know in terms of sports, no doubt the top is Cricket, as cricket is religion to India. Instead of making cricket a global game like football, India is limiting cricket within only 10 nations, and moreover 3 nations, India, Australia and England. But you people need to think twice and thrice, for the development of cricket in each and every corner of the world. So, all the world will recognized you. So a humble request to BCCI, not to limit the cricket and don't kill the cricket. You are not wasting money at all.

  • Devo_U2 on June 9, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Looking at the issue without bias - if India were to pull out and form a separate body, yes, they might not get all the $$$$$ currently available but what happens is that the TV revenue is lost considering most Indian population, inside as well as outside India would not be interested in watching other teams play. Currently most Indian fans follow other teams because there is the expectation that when India plays other teams that are good, it will be worth watching. With India out of the main body, there will be repercussions on both sides that no one knows. Saying that, the tactics employed by BCCI are not in the best interest of the world cricket. There are better ways to make a point but then, we the mere fans, don't know what happened in the back ground. Hope Cricket comes out a winner eventually!

  • Shajadul on June 9, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Really pathetic....it's like when children grows up, they threaten their parents like I don't need you any more; you guys are burden.

  • cricpolitics on June 9, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    India is forgetting the fact that their cricket and revenue generation is nothing without international cricket's participation. For a trial India should stop participating in bilateral series with other international teams and the other ICC international tournaments, conduct IPL without any international players and then see how much revenue can they generate. I am sure it will be just a meager amount.

  • pandian_ikku on June 9, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Cricket had been there with out any issue for years. Now Indian cricket board going to ruin it. Even through IPL they created money greedy players who chose domestic cricket over playing for their own country.

  • on June 9, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    Money money and more money. is this all the talk about? what about the game of cricket.

  • on June 8, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    India plays the cricket for the money only.In a good pitch they will not even able to beat Ireland in test cricket.

  • TRAM on June 8, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    BCCI threatened to start a parallel ICC and succeeded. Zee started just a parallel BCCI equivalent tournament limited to T20 matches but failed. What an irony! Both BCCI and Zee were legal to do so. (since ICC, BCCI etc are all private bodies. Any one can start another such org.). BCCI won in both cases.

  • on June 8, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Those turning beatific at the prospect of BCCI (not India folks) getting a fair share of profits, much of which at the moment goes to its detractors in ECB, CA and CSA, among others. Guys, this is business as much as sports. If you want the business aspect divested from it, go to your village green or beach. Dont expect commentary, slow-mos and cricket being played in good stadiums. And if you feel, BCCI is wrong, then you need to upturn the global economic order where the G8 pretty much call the shots and do pretty much what they want, including polluting the earth with its greed. BCCI is innocence and fairness personified compared to that. Please go moan elsewhere because you sound pathetic with your self-righteous moans

  • SanjivAwesome on June 8, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    Could the rest of the countries' cricket survive if India pulled out? To be fair, the answer would be Yes! Because every country has a proud tradition of cricket and they will continue despite India's pull out. Only issue is how financially stable or wealthy the respective Boards would be to feed the game at grass roots levels with training, pitches, coaches, and infrastructure. All these require financing. Looking at other sports, boxing has a couple of bodies - the WBA and WBO - so a dual model works. I suspect the BCCI has been quite lax in not pursuing this agenda decades ago. This is typical of the calibre of our administrators, giving out money for causes other than progressing the sport within India and looking after their fans with better stadiums, facilities, and cheaper tickets.

  • homecricketer on June 8, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    India should right away be banned from cricket. Money is not everything. If they generate money they consume as well. ICC can also be eliminated and all the teams should play on one to one basis and equal revenues on both sides shuld be shared. No need of ICC..

  • BustIPL on June 8, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    I dont think IPL money adds anything to the income of ICC. No doubt india have become top cricketing nation after getting on top of the table after aussies could no more hold to the numero uno. Thereafter, graph is on a decline and india have largely depended on home series. Also, bollywood loses a lot of money due to IPL as fans prefer to hang out in IPL games. If india keep losing away which they do with consistency and were even pounded by english at home then income will go down for sure and so the rethink about india's share. Take an example of a factory which makes money and profit when it produces as per demand and if not then no money. Same is true for BCCI which has to act like a factory which keeps making money otherwise we all can understand. Indian cricket might become pakistan hockey which no one follows as their team never wins. In short, india have to be at the top of their game to keep making money they are talking about.

  • Shlok_Goyal on June 8, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    First of all, the BCCI gets 7.5% of the ICC's surplus. 75% of total surplus currently is divided equally between the top 10 Full Members and the other 25% goes to the Associates. Secondly, the BCCI is already wealthy due to various bilateral tours, the IPL and a huge fan following that means it doesn't need the ICC's backing as much as other countries do. Other countries need more money to support their cricket as they face competition from other sports which India doesn't. Moreover, the new model will be like a tax on unprofitable boards because of their unprofitability (like a regressive tax). Because they don't make as much money, the other boards wil receive less from the ICC which will create a spiral in which they will become financially insolvent. It will be like a government spending money on programs for the rich because they contribute more to taxes and spending less on the poor, which would not make much sense.

  • AbuManha on June 8, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    @ Micheal Hemming if India is to go its own it wouldn't survive. rest of the cricket nation will survive but India wouldn't. for all its worth India needs other cricketing nation more than ever why because to maintain the pay scale and money incoming standard.

    it is simple and easy as that.

  • on June 8, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Gentlemen games stakeholder threatened world cricket "hypocrisy".Every cricket fan would criticize it. It's fair BCCI to ask for better revenue but threatening shows BCCI have lost the way. With greater power comes greater responsibilities. It is disgraceful of BCCI to damage the reputation of Cricket. Threatening world cricket would left them play domestic matches and IPL. We always say no one is greater than game then why Srinivasan and Srinivasan's BCCI (As rest of the members are toys) is grater than game. ICC should clearly stand against Srinivasan but ICC should allow greater revenue for the contribution of BCCI. I feel most of the Indian fan would like someone other than Srinivasan to take over BCCI and ICC chair. India is cricket living nation,everyone wish for Cricket without politics.

  • Dhadumia on June 8, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    One thing people here need to understand that a parallel is ICC is nothing but a totally parallel cricket world wherein ECB, CA, CSA, WICB, SLC, NZC, PCB.......all will be there. Just that the present cricket boards with whom BCCI is dealing with in the respective countries won't be there and different boards in the respective countries will be there.......Today BCCI generates 72% of the total revenue which means maximum of ICC operations are run out of BCCI money. So tomorrow also BCCI can form a separate body and pay the individual boards to run their cricket operations. The present problem is.......Cricket is controlled by ECB and CA which should change.......I doubt if BCCI is getting only 3-4% of the total revenue where's the money going?.......BCCI even after getting only 3-4% is well off.......but other boards like SLC, PCB, WICB and even CSA and NZC are also not doing very well.......Where does the money go?.......

  • on June 8, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    ICC should impose sanctions on India immediately for their stubborn attitude about getting profit from the icc . if india control cricket, they definitely will destroy it...they dont have any real cricket sense. if you look at on their pitches, they always make batting wicket or spin tracks,as if fast bowlers had no option on cricket!they love cricket because ,this is the only game that helps to make profit...

  • No_Chance_pal on June 8, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    I am from india and would like to state all the Pro-BCCI fans(Not india because i dont want to tie this cowardliness with my country name). 1. Everyone should agree it is because of the Indian sponsors involvement Cricket is generating too much money. 2. Sponsors are pouring in money not because of BCCI it is because of common fans like you and me 3. If BCCI(Not india) gets lions share of money from ICC's revenue and greater power, it is not going to help any way in domestic infrastructure for cricket or fans or development. Instead the money will be distributed to the state associations and administrators (not players) 4. To develop cricket BCCI doesn't need any money from ICC but lot of other nations do. IF BCCI wants to be a true leader then they have to help develop the game all over the world. 5. Just think why there only 10 teams playing game at the highest level. In that too only 8 are competitive

    Just think!

  • screamingeagle on June 8, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    @JustAnObservation, please stop making up numbers for the sake of it. @Swingmax, define top teams? Not WI Pak etc for sure.

  • Jason_Key88 on June 8, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    India is among top ten economies in the world, yet majority of it's people still live in poverty. There you have the contradiction fellas. India is not a first world country, far from it.

  • Pippy_the_dog on June 8, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    I keep reading that cricket is a business. If that is the case then I'm not sure I want any part of it any more. I grow up loving a SPORT! Anybody that truly enjoys the game wants to see close fought contests, in whatever form of the game. If all you want is to see your team crush all opposition, then you are not a true lover of the game. The power grab by the big 3 can only be detrimental to the future of the game. Without a level financial playing field, their can be no hope of struggling teams improving to a level where they can compete. Shame on the BCCI, ECB & CA!

  • ashok16 on June 8, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    BCCI is churing out a mediocre product: the Indian national team and the IPL tournament. Football is growing in reach, slowly but surely, and games like Basketball & Volleyball also show potential. Many young Indians dont think cricket is the coolest activity to do. BCCI beware.

  • on June 8, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    India is a good team no doubt about Indian team. We agree that BCCI is a very powerfull member of ICC. But the thing which is wrong is that the BCCI (board of control cricket for India) using his power in wrong way. As fan of Indian cricket I just suggest BCCI that please please do not mix cricket with politics. And please give full freedom to cricket. (Thanks)

  • GR8GAUR on June 8, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @swingmax- just the opposite. Let India pull out and see what others can generate. truth is Nothing!

  • Mehedirezamilton on June 8, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Shame on other test playing countries if they still show their dependency on BCCI. They should show zero tolerance on this issue. Let cricket survive without money (!) of BCCI.

  • on June 8, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Every dog have few day's. On his day he can bite men who was elephant but when the reality comes then everyone throw stones on him.... it will hapen with BCCI too. Lets see when will that time comes...

  • Mutukisna on June 8, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    The instigators of this review of the distribution of ICC Revenues and also the creators of the BIG 3 are attempting to convince Cricket fans over the World that all this is being done in the interests of promoting the game. If the eight "big" countries are interested in developing the game in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the Associate countries and other emerging cricketing nations, they should encourage Cash Rich India with their billion and a half population to have India Second Elevens (and even Third Elevens) playing Second and Third Tier Test Cricket with Associate and emerging Cricketing countries like China etc. This would help these countries to develop their game and at the same time provide the India National Team with feeders from the lower tiers and help India to the top spot in Test Cricket, which appears to be unlikely with their present team. After all, most cricket fans do not want to see the demise of Test Cricket and surely, the ICC and BCCi would not want this either.

  • on June 8, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    It would be great if India decided to create its own league. ICC is governed by legacy rules and old farts who want to hang on to their jobs. Someone has to stir things up and make the whole thing a lot more interesting.

  • d_observer on June 8, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Rest of the world should boycott India.

  • ladycricfan on June 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Cricket existed for centuries without BCCI and Indian money. And it will certainly survive without BCCI. But now that BCCI and the money is there, the nations want to maximise their earnings by playing with india. BCCI was not happy with the 4% share. That's is why it was trying to restructure the ICC set up, even prepared to go to the extent of forming a separate ICC if the finances are not properly distributed. BCCI got what it wanted and all other members also have accepted the new structure.

  • M.Faheem on June 8, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I did not get BCCI's purpose of informing this to the world. It seems more like a statement from ECB and CA that they had no choice but to go with BCCI.

  • on June 8, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    undue arrogance, respect are not asked ,its earned ,

  • Shaps on June 8, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Cricket exist only because it is generating revenue ? India is among top 10 in economic in world. we are powered in world cricket, generating 70% of ICC revenue. Yes, BCCI should get more than 3% of its revenue but what about the matter of owning an ICC and making ICC -2 if not agreed on revenue & Srinivasan as a president of ICC. If world is scared of BCCI making new ICC than it's point of concern for us. Imagine how profitable they would be without International opposition. yes, ICC will suffer but Cricket won't ? Does cricket exist only because it is making profit ? it is point of concern if cricket cannot survive without BCCI a single but largest cricket board in world. I don't mind BCCI getting giant share of profit but what worries me is the dependency of Cricket on BCCI & money.

  • on June 8, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    It pains my heart to see my beloved indian team being part of this discution over power struggle.wethe simple fans dont care about politics only cricket dont put india fans in the same boat has the people who run our cricket .We dont profit from this and anyway international cricket is what we want .IPL is littered with them international stars .IPL is one month .therer is another 11 months so indian cricket also needs our international matches .

  • getsetgopk on June 8, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    India bring 68% of the revenues on the finished product, the finished product is one participated by all ten full members. A world cup in which Only indian teams play wont be a world cup to begin with and it certainly wont bring the above 68% revenues. Anyone who thinks otherwise has no idea about cricket or common sense for that matter. The reason being, if Indian fans were that interested in Indian teams made of cities or states we would have seen big crowds at Ranji trophies and other local tournaments but is certainly not the case. This idea of making a parallel ICC was a bluff and still is a bluff but somehow the ECB and CA caved it. Why they gave into the demands of the BCCI, only ECB or CA or their fans can answer that better.

  • Nampally on June 8, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    What took BCCI so long to point out the "obvious"! if India is responsible for bringing in 68 to 73% of the Revenues for ICC, India should also get proportional share of profits, NOT 3 or 4%. A clear case of exploitation!This is an Era where India is amongst the Top 10 Economic world power + #1 Cricket World Power. Eden Garden draws a crowd of nearly 100,000. Only Melbourne can come close to it. England is lucky to get a crowd of 30,000, even at Lords. Also on TV India attracts most Fans. IPL has provided a livelihood for Cricketers World wide. So India is like Mecca of Cricket. Demand proportional profits or get out of it, as Mr. Patel rightly demanded - Better Late than Never!

  • Natx on June 8, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Contd...If test cricket has to survive and still needs to draw some crowd to the grounds outside of Eng and Aus, ICC has to seriously consider the 2 day test cricket (with 50 over each/2 innings, played over weekends) that I suggested in response to another article last week. That way, it can still retain some interest and crowd support. Otherwise, I don't see 5 day tests played (except at Eng and Aus) elsewhere after 2020. Hope commonsense prevails over stubborn old style mindset.

  • ladycricfan on June 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Bcci might earn lots of money through IPL but they promised that the IPL would not be expanded for 8years. The same 8 teams will be playing once a year. The scenario that BCCI will go it alone will never happen. Cricket's charm is in its international contests, bilateral series and multinational world cups.

  • Natx on June 8, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    As someone pointed out, Indians have mastered the art of money making with their huge fan base, and understanding current market needs, while England and Aus are caught up on their century old 5 day (used to be 6 days with a rest day) cricket which no one has patience to watch nowadays. If Eng & Aus haven't agreed to this, I see only 2 possibilities. Eng & Aus playing unlimited "Ashes" every year between them and India hosting 2 IPL's every year and providing constant supply of cash to all cricketers that participate. Very likely with the second IPL being held somewhere outside of India on a rotational basis, so every hosting country gets a big slice of money and be happy. England simply is out dated in this thinking, mind set, and old school philosophies, while Aus is caught in between, as they want to play both tests and earn money outside. All Asian countries earn their share except Pakistan, for no mistake of their cricketers but things out of their control.

  • on June 8, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    I have wondered for a while what would happen if India decided to go its own way. I wonder how profitable they would be without International opposition. Of course, the other members of the ICC would suffer... but if cricket cannot survive without the input of one single member then it has major issues than need to be addressed immediately

  • Provost on June 8, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @swingmanx - India can make IPL the parallel cricket league and bring in the best foreign talent, pay big bucks and stop them playing their country.... eventually franchaize cricket will win....

  • Provost on June 8, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    @JustAnObservation - just talk cricket. BTW- All the numbers you gave about bombay are false....

  • ladycricfan on June 8, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    The policies will be drawn up by the big three Ind, Aus, Eng and two representatives from the other members but the decisions need to be ratified by the full board. So the democratic process is still intact.

    India, the biggest contributor of icc finances is rightly getting the giant share of icc income. Better late than never.

  • on June 8, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    i dont mind india getting the lions share of the profits .on a financal level they do deserve it but there is more to cricket than just money .there is rich history of other countries in cricket .one must take into account that cricket is not going to grow much beyond the usual suspects not a lot of competion.so india current rulers of cricket u must look after cricket even if it means taking a lower profit.

  • on June 8, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    yes majority of the revenue comes from India but it has been created by international players.just compare the Indian domestic leagues with IPL.IPL has international players which forces Indian spectators to watch by that generates income like wise if south India plays with north India would you think that they can generate good incomes? income should be generated based on rankings

  • swingmanx on June 8, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Let India form its own ICC with just one team.. See how much money they generate

  • on June 8, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    i dont understand , can icc assure in future that india will not threatened other countries again ??.....yaa they have money n i agree to it they should get a lion's share if they are generating so much finance but it doesnt mean they should have a lion share in manipulating the game also !!!........they want money give them more matches but the decisions / rulings about the game should all been done in a democratic way !

  • GR8GAUR on June 8, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    @gregmacmillan- its bcoz of these 1.2 billion cricket is acknowledged in world, otherwise it would be like baseball about which nobody cares. Money talks and USA being a superpower is a proof of that ( an example)

  • fkhawaja on June 8, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    i can't believe that India was getting only 3 to 4 percent. who was getting the rest? can someone give details of the distribution before and now with the new policies. secondly India should have negotiated on behalf of the countries who are already paid very little like Bangladesh sri lanke west indies aand pakistan.

  • on June 8, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    The Spanish FA did this with Real Madrid and Barcelona, and it's since taken ten years for someone other than them to win La Liga.

  • on June 8, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    May be India will maintain or strengthn its rule over cricket but this way the beloved game CRICKET will surely loose... These sorts of issues can never develop cricket...

  • JustAnObservation on June 8, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Patel sahab, By that argument, Mumbai accounts for slightly more than 6.16% of India's economy contributing 10% of factory employment, 30% of income tax collections, 60% of customs duty collections, 20% of central excise tax collections, 40% of foreign trade and rupees 40,000 crore (US $10 billion) in corporate taxes to the Indian economy. So should Mumbai get that much of share in the budget. In every family, one is a bread earner while 4 - 5 are dependents. No bread earner ever eats more just because he is earning. In fact, he is more caring because he knows that while today he is a bread earner, tomorrow he may be a dependent, just as he was yesterday.

  • srinideva on June 8, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Well done BCCI...superb work.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 8, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    India can maximum share in profit because they generate higher revenue but doesn't mean they can govern cricket fairly.. Cricket is losing interest

  • swingmanx on June 8, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Just because India has mord ghan billion people that they should control cricket. Whithout other teams they can't generatd money. For that youneed top team like Srl Lanka or Parkistan WI SA etc

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on June 8, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    India getting a bigger share of the profit is fine. But having a final say in world cricket affairs is wrong because it will lead to making decisions that will only suit the interest of one country. ICC has to be transparent, independent and without any bias otherwise Cricket will suffer. I want Cricket to expand and ICC to take a bigger role in promoting Cricket in different parts of the world.

  • Jason_Key88 on June 8, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    It's because of India's 1.2 billion population, BCCI is able to generate so much money. No matter where you go in India, thousands of people are free to watch the match. Compare that to Australia and even New Zealand, who also takes part in other sport, unlike India.

  • Rohit... on June 8, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    @BlackSriLankan.... SL players need IPL... IPL don't need SL Players... SL players are dying to be in IPL... Remember how SLPL is now DEAD and DUSTED...It consisted of all SL players and still is a BIG FLOP... Don't spread false rumours... Baring Malinga, the entire SL players are useless and Boring in IPL.

  • on June 8, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Still India is getting only 24%...even after this agreement. Its about India's people's money...who buys product from foreign companies that advertises in India through BCCI etc... If India's broadcasting rights are extremely valuable, it makes perfect logic to make more money... Frankly I think most of you are being hypocrites..You have to think from BCCI's point of view & even English & Australian boards agree.. Cricket is business, Football is business, anything you pay for is business...if you do not get it, than you might not be wanting to get it.

  • CricLover316 on June 8, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    @Abdullah Masroor Hashmi- Are World Cups played every year ? Yes,there is an ICC Tournament every year. ICC cannot survive on one tournament,Bilateral do play a HUGE role in the ICCs Revenue,thats were BIG3 come in. Even in the World Tournaments, India's numbers are huge. How did you reach the conclusion that 70% is only coming from World Tournaments ? May be you got some HARD facts that the ICC are not aware of ? You're still in denial. Sour Grapes it seems. ANY team that generated huge revenues should get a fair share. Currently, its India,Eng and Aus.

    Many people commenting against it, dont really know what the Actual structure is and why it was introduced in the 1st place. Read the Article and numerous ones that have been written before just coming here and whingeing about each and every thing. The teams that generate more revenue should get their fair share,its that simple. Blind criticism just is a big sign of ignorance.

  • Rahul_Ah on June 8, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Also, "cricket is a gentlemen's game". This does not mean cricket is mainly played by gentlemen. But rather gentlemen typically used to play cricket as their choice of sport.

    You need to understand that the way cricket is run now is a business. Its not backed by governments in most cases. So when they say Team India, its not chosen by the people of India, or even the Government of India. Its chosen by a bunch of businessmen or people appointed by them. Its all a private business. BCCI is just a branch of ICC that is a company in Dubai.

    As such they are entirely entitled to make decisions that make sense business wise, and this decision does make sense.

    Its fine to associate yourself with the cricket team of India, since its probably your favorite team. But don't make the mistake of assuming that BCCI is the same as the cricket team of India. One is just a business, and the other is something we as cricket fans follow.

  • Rahul_Ah on June 8, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    I think most of you guys are missing the point. India making its own ICC does not mean that they only play state games.

    ICC is a private organization. Its not under a government. Its a business with branches in major cricket playing countries. If BCCI wants, it can make a new organization and open its own branches in those countries, and perhaps offer to pay more to the cricketers, which will basically make it the prominent cricket organization, and ICC will die a slow death. BCCI actually has the funds to make that a reality and this is why Australia and England did not risk it. Its not quite as far fetched as you believe it to be.

    Consider what happened with ICL. ICL failed because BCCI had more money and managed to force them out of the business. If ICL had more money, they would possibly have taken over as the major cricket organization in the country. Most countries have laws to prevent monopoly, so there would be plenty of support for this.

  • GR8GAUR on June 8, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    all others lambasting BCCI, get ur facts right that BCCI produces 2/3 revenue alone. so crying wouldn't do any good. other boards get money first and then talk. as simple as that.

  • Ramesh_Joseph on June 8, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Its not BCCI's fault that other Boards are not able to market cricket better in their countries like BCCI is doing. Once they do that, they can simply refuse to toe the BCCI line.

  • on June 8, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    I can see many people saying india should not get more money. Why should we not when we generate 68% of the revenue for ICC. India not only gets money through the matches it hosts in india like the WC, etc. but also through IPL. And a huge money is generated through IPL. We are just in asking for more revenues. Everybody likes it when things are against india, face it when times are against you. Do some hardwork like us and you will be rewarded too. Grow up people!!

  • drshahidsiddique on June 8, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Its not the right way to go my dear Indians. Cricket is like a family now a days and I have not seen a father telling the kids that he can make his own home and will not live with them as he is the earning hand. It is better to sit and find the ways and naughty ones should be tamed. Cricket should remain in its shape as a unit. Cricket is a big binding force for many of the people in the world and it shouldn't be treated only as a growing business. Many emotions are bound and knitted with it. So Please like the good fellows try to solve it rather split it. thx

  • on June 8, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    its totally non sense fact that india is generating 70 percent of total revenue. yes most of the sponsors are from india .icc gets big percent of their revenue from global events but not bilateral series where lots of countries take place. can india generate revenue playing with themselves???? india is ruining cricket...this is the main fact...

  • on June 8, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    I am starting to dislike cricket by this Indian attitude. They don't wanna make cricket a global game. All what matter to them is, they are the best among a dozen team around globe and they are Big Brother of International cricket... ICC should focus to make cricket a global game.

  • UglyIndian on June 8, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Yes...India should have broken away and formed its own Indian Cricket Council, where India always wins. It would have been fun to see how much viewership and money the BCCI would have got from Star to relay Bihar vs Jharkhand day in and day out. The IPL can only last so long. In the end, the BCCI-ICC would have turned into another variation of the ICL, and the rest of the world would have played and enjoyed good enjoyable cricket.

  • BiSymonds on June 8, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @Abdullah Masroor Hashmi

    These are annual revenue figures. I haven't noticed India hosting World Cups and World T20 tournaments every year.

  • Dhadumia on June 8, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Leave Australia and England out. Coz they don't generate that much revenue but they still enjoy the lion's share! Rather India should help minnows like Bangladesh, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Netherlans, Ireland, Afghanistan, Hong Kong to flourish their game. Aus and Eng are anyhow better without being supported by ICC Money.

  • Sakthiivel on June 8, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @ Abdullah Masroor Hashmi : ICC world cup doesnt happen every year so its India a great contributor asking for good share from ICC, that doesnt wrong in any way.

  • on June 8, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Can any neutral fan of cricket please explain as to why the ICC has agreed to these terms and conditions? Brazil has won the the FIFA world cup 5 times till date.. Have they gone upto the governing bodies of football and presented a similar proposition? It's all too of money and power..

  • TheMysteryMan on June 8, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    @Abdullah Masroor Hashmi

    Actually lot of these 2nd and 3rd division teams support India as after restructuring they will be getting more money than what they are getting now.

    India knows 1 thing well, and that is how to run an effective money making cricketing venture. They have done it meticulously and methodically since late 1990s. That is why they became powerhouse of the cricket in the world. Nobody gifted that to Indians, they earned it.

    Indian knows well that Cricket needs to grow, and more it grows, better for them as more money is to be made while the existing markets saturate. Dont worry about the cricket, it will be safe or even better under this rejigged ICC management. There are always some bad apples everywhere, but come on, BCCI has done an excellent job or promoting sport in their country and also build infrastructure.

  • CricLover316 on June 8, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Enlightening Article for many who have been critical of the BCCI. BCCI is what it is because of the FANS of Indian Cricket and the amount of numbers that are generated when India is playing,both by Television Ratings and in Total Attendances in the Stadiums. In today's era, every sport beside being a sport,is also a business. Contributing close to 70 Percent of the Total Revenue for the ICC and getting 3-4 Percent of the share was being unfair to the BCCI. Same is for CA and ECB,the tremendous amount of numbers & attendances generated by these boards as well(although being less than BCCI,still greater than all the other boards) is the reason we have the BIG3. A simple example- In a Corporation,the person that brings you most revenue,would you underpay him or give him a fair share that he deserves? In the Modern Era, India is at the Centre of the Cricketing Universe,just like Eng and Aus were few decades back.

  • on June 8, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    I think its fair enough. People love to criticise the ruler, but you cant change the fact that IND is the main market for Cricket.

  • Nerk on June 8, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Good to see the principles of fair play and democracy hard at work. One hopes, of course, that China and the US do not try the same thing with foreign policy. "We have the most money so every nation belongs to us."

  • DaisonGarvasis on June 8, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Well said Patel. Lets put things on the table. Cricket WILL NOT die just becuase BCCI got its due share. The "Cricket will die" is just a myth spread by the people who are losing because BCCI stood up for its rights. I would say Cricket is far more popular and outreached than it was in the 80's. So Cricket is not moving towards a death. Cricket is alright. The power center has changed. And obviously the old power center wouldnt like that fact. Its natural from their part. They need to be ignored.

  • vish2020 on June 8, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    If you bring in 68-72 percent revenue and get only 4 then that's just unfair at many levels. All you others that are crying please tell your boards to do more to bring in revenue. To tell you the truth, this is sad that India has to bring in so much cash. Chip in you other boards!!

  • sherishahmir on June 8, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    India has every right to be a part of managing the game, when they are contributing to the cricket world body revenues to 68% and there is no reason the power to control the game remain to England and Australia, Hope the BIG3 new structure will manage the game more professionally.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 7, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    I think BCCI is right here. Cricket was used to run by eng and aus but not today. India has the biggest fan base, the biggest finance behind cricket so they should get the biggest part of profit from ICC.

    Let's hope ICC promotes more T2020 cricket in new countries and countries who do not show interest in test cricket. Test cricket should be played between top 5 teams in the world and all other teams should play T2020 and ODI cricket.

  • on June 7, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Good that India realized the true potential and capabilities as a true leader, and what some of the countries trying to do by using its power. So many countries are looking forward with regard to India's leadership and to have a ICC which is not bias and governing the game with a natural justice.

    it is unbelievable South Africa is not in this elite group and England is in without even single world cup title.

  • on June 7, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Better late, than never. Should have been done long time back.

  • on June 7, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Its not about India generating 72% or not let me remind you that this 72% is coming from ICC tournaments like World Cup and World T20 not bilateral series. I dont think many people will watch a world cup if it was only IPL teams. and its not good for the game because every full member country is getting a greater share of the pie because this restructure removes money allocated to Division 3 and below teams which is not good for cricket.

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    yea..well, the hard fact of life, money rules. As long as India remains primarily a one sport nation, this domination will go on for another decade.

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    This article has completely changed my mind. BCCI is right on there part. Contributing about 70 percent and getting only 4 percent is not at all justified. Whoever thinks the new structure of ICC is not good,just read this. Hard to digest for other boards but this is the reality.

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    I'll just take my ball and go home!

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Lets just hope and pray that this is not the beginning of the end of lovely game of cricket I have lived on all my life

  • fr600 on June 7, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    BCCI should have gone for it and include all associates. The other 9s are better off without it. Otherwise let Sri Lankans manage, they know how to act like gentlemen.

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    And here comes more criticism, watch out BCCI.

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  • on June 7, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    And here comes more criticism, watch out BCCI.

  • fr600 on June 7, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    BCCI should have gone for it and include all associates. The other 9s are better off without it. Otherwise let Sri Lankans manage, they know how to act like gentlemen.

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Lets just hope and pray that this is not the beginning of the end of lovely game of cricket I have lived on all my life

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    I'll just take my ball and go home!

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    This article has completely changed my mind. BCCI is right on there part. Contributing about 70 percent and getting only 4 percent is not at all justified. Whoever thinks the new structure of ICC is not good,just read this. Hard to digest for other boards but this is the reality.

  • on June 7, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    yea..well, the hard fact of life, money rules. As long as India remains primarily a one sport nation, this domination will go on for another decade.

  • on June 7, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Its not about India generating 72% or not let me remind you that this 72% is coming from ICC tournaments like World Cup and World T20 not bilateral series. I dont think many people will watch a world cup if it was only IPL teams. and its not good for the game because every full member country is getting a greater share of the pie because this restructure removes money allocated to Division 3 and below teams which is not good for cricket.

  • on June 7, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Better late, than never. Should have been done long time back.

  • on June 7, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Good that India realized the true potential and capabilities as a true leader, and what some of the countries trying to do by using its power. So many countries are looking forward with regard to India's leadership and to have a ICC which is not bias and governing the game with a natural justice.

    it is unbelievable South Africa is not in this elite group and England is in without even single world cup title.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 7, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    I think BCCI is right here. Cricket was used to run by eng and aus but not today. India has the biggest fan base, the biggest finance behind cricket so they should get the biggest part of profit from ICC.

    Let's hope ICC promotes more T2020 cricket in new countries and countries who do not show interest in test cricket. Test cricket should be played between top 5 teams in the world and all other teams should play T2020 and ODI cricket.