India news April 18, 2017

BCCI wants ICC to stick to Big Three model till June


In a special general meeting in Delhi on Tuesday, the BCCI's member units passed a unanimous resolution to ask the ICC Board to retain the 'Big Three' revenue model until its annual general meeting in London in June.

It is learnt that Amitabh Choudhary, the acting BCCI secretary, will present the Indian board's point of view at the ICC's Board Meeting in Dubai next week.

"A resolution has been passed at the SGM that we will ask ICC to carry on with the existing model where Australia, England and India get the lion's share of revenue," a top official who attended the meeting told PTI. "We will definitely work out a new model during the London meeting. This was today unanimously passed by the forum."

Introduced in 2014, the Big Three model was a part of governance and financial restructuring in the ICC that gave greater power to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB. Recently, however, the ICC has sought to overturn those changes. In February, a new constitution was passed in principle. If ratified, it could undo much of the imbalance in power and finances of the Big Three model.

Choudhary, on his part, only said that protecting India's interest will be his primary objective. "The Committee of Administrators (COA) has given a formula which is beneficial to India. We would take ingredients from it also."

Any decision on India's Champions Trophy participation will be taken only after the ICC Board Meeting, but most members present at the BCCI's SGM were against taking any extreme position.

Asked if the Champions Trophy pull-out was an option, Choudhary said: "Only poets and philosophers can answer that question."

Meanwhile, most members were of the opinion that the BCCI member units should co-operate with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, rather than hindering them.

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  • mau on April 21, 2017, 13:33 GMT

    @cricfan7567404782 - Congratulations!!

  • viswanath on April 20, 2017, 5:13 GMT

    ICC gets more profits because of only India's cricket. So what is wrong in BCCI in asking the lions share. To those people who are saying that BCCI is not interested in developing other countries , note that BCCI supported Afghanistan and allowed them to play cricket in Greater Noida. Just check your facts , before blantly hitting out against BCCI.

  • bhaske3080202 on April 20, 2017, 0:50 GMT

    India win the champions trophy

  • bhaske3080202 on April 20, 2017, 0:49 GMT

    India win champions trophy

  • sumitm9064193 on April 19, 2017, 17:32 GMT

    BCCI should cooperate with ICC if they want to spread Cricket to newer countries.

  • Jayaesh on April 19, 2017, 13:58 GMT

    ICC, respective boards and the fans instead of clamoring for non existent fans in some far away Associate countries should concentrate on strengthening Cricket in existing Test playing nations plus where Cricket is popular like Afghanistan and Nepal. In today's world of Madrids and Barcelonas a concept based on Nation v/s Nation bilateral contests cannot attract any new fans from outside of Cricketing world plus there is not much money in the game unless you play for Big Three or have a fat IPL contract . Why would a Argentinian and a Swedish kid pick up a complex and expensive sport like Cricket when he can make multiple times more money and fame by playing Football in any of the top European leagues .

  • Jayaesh on April 19, 2017, 13:56 GMT

    @CRICFAN37328733 : We can't draw parallels with Football by bringing how Fifa distributes money because Football is primarily based and driven by Leagues and clubs unlike Cricket which is widely based on Nation v/s Nation contests, TV rights of a Football league like EPL for a 3 year period is 8.5 Billion Dollars many times higher than what Fifa gets for staging WC .

  • yadava5614172 on April 19, 2017, 13:19 GMT

    If india pulls out then West indies should be included.BCCI is destroying cricket by not letting the game spread.After 100yrs same teams playing each other twice a year or every year long boring series.Teams like Nepal, Afghanistan, Ireland who have cricket fan base is not getting enough fund to develop the game...despite of that Afghanistan&Ireland have managed to build team but not getting chance to prove (even WC is now 10 teams) This approach of BCCI will kill game in India as well because India is developing fast as a nations.....youngsters are attracted towards sports like football which is global sports.If India reaches football world cup believe me cricket will be dead in India if not death then surely less popular.Chances of that happening is more because of league like ISL.And FIFA increasing teams from WC 2022...(32 to 48). I mean don't Sachin or Virat get global recognitions? ?..yes.But sad reality is in most of countries cricket sounds alien forget about stars recognitions

  • hassan8114193 on April 19, 2017, 12:56 GMT

    why India will not play Champions Trophy?

  • Dexters on April 19, 2017, 10:44 GMT

    India should get more revenue shares but power should be equally distributed .

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