January 26, 2014

West Indies will toe the financial bottom line

The WICB knows that good, and acquiescent, relations with India are its only option
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However much we pound our fists and rightly rail against the brazen conspiracy between Australia, England and India to effectively hijack international cricket, the West Indies Cricket Board is obliged to accept a galling reality. As with most things, it has to do with money.

The triumvirate's aim is to become the ICC's supreme rulers. As such, they will make the crucial decisions. The Future Tours Programme (FTP) will be scrapped in favour of bilateral arrangements for tours, and two-division Test cricket introduced, with promotion and demotion - from which last those three teams will be exempt. They will redistribute, on a more proportionate basis, the ICC's annual revenue, to which India currently contributes 80%. The rich getting richer, the poor poorer.

The main points in the relevant 21-page document are common knowledge. They are to be put before the ICC's quarterly meeting in Dubai next week.

The WICB's position was settled after a couple of directors' teleconferences last week. It is to be formally presented by the president, Dave Cameron, in Dubai. The board's only official statement was that it would be "in the best interest of West Indies cricket".

Baldath Mahabir, the Trinidad and Tobago director on the WICB, expressed his doubts in a newspaper interview last week, while stressing that his opinions were strictly personal. "Any time you have a situation where people are looking to divide and rule, it could never be good," he said. "Looking at the proposals, this is a situation where power-broking and sharing will go to three of the members and this cannot be healthy."

Others have spoken out more strongly and officially. Cricket South Africa, whose team is top of the list in the Test rankings but whose dealings with the BCCI have become increasingly fractious, charged that the plans are "in breach of the ICC constitution".

Paul Marsh, chairman of the FICA, which covers players of seven of the ten Full Member boards, said his organisation has "real fears that it will only serve to strengthen the Big Three countries whilst the rest are left to wither on the vine".

Former ICC president Ehsan Mani, of Pakistan, accused the three of "completely undermining the integrity and standing of the ICC". The current vice-president, Mustafa Kamal, of Bangladesh, made his doubts known.

There is undeniably substance to such concerns, but it would be a courageous president to tell the superpowers, especially India, that the WICB rejects their intended takeover; such preference for principle over practicality carries potentially damaging repercussions.

The financial value of relations with India was never more obvious to West Indies than during India's involvement in the triangular ODI tournament in the Caribbean last year. The teams contested the Celkon Mobile Cup, presented by a Hyderabad-based manufacturer of mobile phones. It, and a host of other Indian products and services, household names in the subcontinent but unheard of on this side of the planet, filled the ground perimeter advertising boards.

They were there because live coverage of the matches was transmitted back to India by Ten Sports, the Dubai-based Indian production company that won the rights to international cricket in the Caribbean in 2012.

It was a financial coup for the WICB, whose treasury was accordingly boosted. The scheduled FTP series of two Tests and five ODIs against Sri Lanka it replaced would have operated at a loss, as did the five ODIs and two T20s against Pakistan that immediately followed.

The WICB's hurried revision of its international schedule to fit in two Tests in India that ensured Sachin Tendulkar's emotional farewell in his homeland rather than in South Africa, further fortified the rapport.

As the BCCI has made plain, it will rapidly sour should the WICB oppose the triumvirate's proposals. It is a certainty seemingly recognised by "an overwhelming majority" of the Bangladesh board's directors, who, according to a report on ESPNcricinfo, favour siding with the BCCI or otherwise "will be cornered", a phrase applicable to the WICB.

The BCCI has done nothing to soften its image as the bully boy of the game. After a meeting on Thursday, it maintained that the submission to be presented on Tuesday and Wednesday was "in the interests of cricket at large", warning at the same time that its rejection would jeopardise India's participation in and hosting of future ICC events (such as the World Cup, men's and women's, the World Twenty20, and the Under-19 World Cup) . It's a big call and there are some who might be inclined to call the BCCI's bluff on this one.

While both England and Australia gave commitment to bilateral agreements with eight Full Members, India did not. The absence of such a guarantee worries the WICB and other weaker boards, who depend on visits from India, with their advertisers, sponsors and television pull, to bolster their treasuries.

For West Indies, perhaps the most ominous point in the proposals is that "no member should be forced to host uneconomic tours". "Uneconomic" is a term that has come to be associated with a team consistently languishing in the bottom half of the ICC's Test and ODI standings for nearly 20 years.

It represents a bewildering turnaround from the eras when West Indies cricket ruled the world, when they were the strongest, most envied and most popular, when the major countries couldn't get enough of teams led by Frank Worrell and Clive Lloyd.

The previous seven-year interludes between tours of England were reduced to four following Worrell's memorable 1963 series. Those led by Lloyd, and then Viv Richards, visited Australia for four Test tours in the 1980s.

Worrell's tyros attracted 90,800 spectators to the Saturday of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the last match of the 1960-61 series, which began with Test cricket's first tie. Just as many were estimated to have been present at Calcutta's Eden Gardens for a day on the 1966-67 tour under Garry Sobers. For 15 years, between 1980 and 1995, West Indies never lost a series.

The change has been depressingly dramatic. In the 21st century, West Indies have managed two wins against England's 17, one against Australia's 17, and two against India's nine. The blackwashes of the 1980s have been replaced by washes of several different hues the other way round.

Such rapid deterioration has been brought on by weak administrations and infighting with a militant players' union that led to three strikes; by poor planning; by a continuous turnover of captains and coaches; by inferior pitches - and by much else besides.

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe's take on two-tiered Test cricket in regard to West Indies and New Zealand is that it is "disrespectful and ignores the great history that has built up over a century or more". Such sentimentality is foreign to the businessmen, bankers and assorted types who now manage the game strictly on the dictates of the financial bottom line.

The upshot is that, come Tuesday and Wednesday in Dubai, the WICB, even against its principles, will support the radical makeover put forward by Australia, England and India.

It couldn't have happened 30 years ago.

Tony Cozier has written about and commentated on cricket in the Caribbean for 50 years

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  • Roysingh1972 on January 31, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Posted by aclarity : that is the truth, WI has the worst board in history, the worst selectors I have ever seen on the board, and what Gibson did in India And NZ, shows that is is now the worst coach in the history of WI cricket, the man is a complete dunce! But unfortunately our cry along with Tony Cozier, and the rest of Windies fans, goes unanswered every single year, month, day, hour and second.

  • simonviller on January 29, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Sad ,disrespectful ,inconsiderate and mean . A sure way to destroy the weaker nations . Watch out England ,you could be next after your stellar performance against Australia . The ramifications of such a move goes far beyond dollars and cents .

  • aclarity on January 28, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Don't kill Tony the messenger if you don't like the message. Tony knows that the WICB listens to no one but money so he came to the correct conclusion on this matter - like it or not. Did WICB listen to Tony when he said to pick two different teams for India and NZ? Has WICB made any effort to fire Gibson and the worse panel of selectors in this world? Don't blame Tony put the spotlight on the real people? This is the most indecisive WICB in history. Did you read what Khaan, the Communications chief told the media in Antigua - on one hand it is good and on the other hand it is not so good? Sounds very decisive?

  • IPSY on January 28, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    ".... it would be a courageous president to tell the superpowers, especially India, that the WICB rejects their intended takeover; such preference for principle over practicality carries potentially damaging repercussions" (Cozier. T, 2014). Tony, these statements from people like you are even more galling than the demands from BCCI and it's new 3 headed monster. Not sticking up and supporting the other less privileged countries to say NO to this three headed gorgon would be much more damaging to cricket than anything else you've said in this article! I guess I can speak for ALL Caribbean cricket fans and say, we would prefer never to watch cricket again rather than allowing these three countries to hijack the game this way!

  • LRichards on January 27, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Rubbish, I boycott this Game, There's football tennis and my Beloved Track and Field, To hell with Cricket, Too Long Anyway, Whom they think they are, so call big 3, Killing the sport.

  • afterhours on January 27, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    West Indies need to man up and take a strong position, if cricket die in the Caribbean then so be it. I think like myself Caribbean people loosing interest and this is coming from a man who use to take off work and schedule my vacation around WI cricket season. Lets go Basketball the NBA is waiting. Lets go football lets go track and field even American football and i know that we can put lot of our young people in Baseball. So stop the crying there's better life after cricket.

  • on January 27, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    I feel sorry for people (like Tony Cozier) who have to watch close up the destruction of West Indies cricket and not be able to help.

  • WeldonHosten on January 27, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    There are also further implications for such a move other than just finance. For instance, if this proposal is to come into law the annals of cricket will be rewritten in such a way that it will ensure that the history books will be filled with records of the big three only because of them playing the most games which they already do.

  • WeldonHosten on January 27, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    The BCCI should understand that cricket belongs to us the fans and the players. You take that away then there is no supporting structure. No boards, no ICC, no BCCI no nothing. Each nation has something special to offer and something that they have brought to the game. As West Indians we have brought our flamboyant and flare in batting and stroke play. We once captivated and intimidated the best of batsmen with our accurate fast bowling. The BCCI is proposing something that was done by our colonial masters during the hay days of cricket. We're not going back and all the other boards must not lose sight of the short term gain for the long-term destruction of world cricket. They all must say no to this draconian proposed amendment. Cricket is bigger than us all. The current structure needs fixing in a way that should allow all full members play a full series agains each other every 18 months rather than going backward. What will happen when Indian, ECB and CA cricket starts declining?

  • NALINWIJ on January 27, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    I am disgusted at the replacement of test cricket with meaningless ODI that is costing the poor countries exposure in tests and SRI LANKA is one of them but at times this is at their choosing as in their series against South Africa. The top countries should guarantee that every country plays the other in test over 4 years and the champion can be only based on points and if team 1 happens to play team 2 then such a series should be awarded the champion trophy. I also do not believe in 2 test series but believe that a 4 test series can be spread across 2 countries such as those in the subcontinent and between AUS,NZ and South Africa.

  • Roysingh1972 on January 31, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Posted by aclarity : that is the truth, WI has the worst board in history, the worst selectors I have ever seen on the board, and what Gibson did in India And NZ, shows that is is now the worst coach in the history of WI cricket, the man is a complete dunce! But unfortunately our cry along with Tony Cozier, and the rest of Windies fans, goes unanswered every single year, month, day, hour and second.

  • simonviller on January 29, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Sad ,disrespectful ,inconsiderate and mean . A sure way to destroy the weaker nations . Watch out England ,you could be next after your stellar performance against Australia . The ramifications of such a move goes far beyond dollars and cents .

  • aclarity on January 28, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Don't kill Tony the messenger if you don't like the message. Tony knows that the WICB listens to no one but money so he came to the correct conclusion on this matter - like it or not. Did WICB listen to Tony when he said to pick two different teams for India and NZ? Has WICB made any effort to fire Gibson and the worse panel of selectors in this world? Don't blame Tony put the spotlight on the real people? This is the most indecisive WICB in history. Did you read what Khaan, the Communications chief told the media in Antigua - on one hand it is good and on the other hand it is not so good? Sounds very decisive?

  • IPSY on January 28, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    ".... it would be a courageous president to tell the superpowers, especially India, that the WICB rejects their intended takeover; such preference for principle over practicality carries potentially damaging repercussions" (Cozier. T, 2014). Tony, these statements from people like you are even more galling than the demands from BCCI and it's new 3 headed monster. Not sticking up and supporting the other less privileged countries to say NO to this three headed gorgon would be much more damaging to cricket than anything else you've said in this article! I guess I can speak for ALL Caribbean cricket fans and say, we would prefer never to watch cricket again rather than allowing these three countries to hijack the game this way!

  • LRichards on January 27, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Rubbish, I boycott this Game, There's football tennis and my Beloved Track and Field, To hell with Cricket, Too Long Anyway, Whom they think they are, so call big 3, Killing the sport.

  • afterhours on January 27, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    West Indies need to man up and take a strong position, if cricket die in the Caribbean then so be it. I think like myself Caribbean people loosing interest and this is coming from a man who use to take off work and schedule my vacation around WI cricket season. Lets go Basketball the NBA is waiting. Lets go football lets go track and field even American football and i know that we can put lot of our young people in Baseball. So stop the crying there's better life after cricket.

  • on January 27, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    I feel sorry for people (like Tony Cozier) who have to watch close up the destruction of West Indies cricket and not be able to help.

  • WeldonHosten on January 27, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    There are also further implications for such a move other than just finance. For instance, if this proposal is to come into law the annals of cricket will be rewritten in such a way that it will ensure that the history books will be filled with records of the big three only because of them playing the most games which they already do.

  • WeldonHosten on January 27, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    The BCCI should understand that cricket belongs to us the fans and the players. You take that away then there is no supporting structure. No boards, no ICC, no BCCI no nothing. Each nation has something special to offer and something that they have brought to the game. As West Indians we have brought our flamboyant and flare in batting and stroke play. We once captivated and intimidated the best of batsmen with our accurate fast bowling. The BCCI is proposing something that was done by our colonial masters during the hay days of cricket. We're not going back and all the other boards must not lose sight of the short term gain for the long-term destruction of world cricket. They all must say no to this draconian proposed amendment. Cricket is bigger than us all. The current structure needs fixing in a way that should allow all full members play a full series agains each other every 18 months rather than going backward. What will happen when Indian, ECB and CA cricket starts declining?

  • NALINWIJ on January 27, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    I am disgusted at the replacement of test cricket with meaningless ODI that is costing the poor countries exposure in tests and SRI LANKA is one of them but at times this is at their choosing as in their series against South Africa. The top countries should guarantee that every country plays the other in test over 4 years and the champion can be only based on points and if team 1 happens to play team 2 then such a series should be awarded the champion trophy. I also do not believe in 2 test series but believe that a 4 test series can be spread across 2 countries such as those in the subcontinent and between AUS,NZ and South Africa.

  • wirus on January 27, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Seriously, what are the pros and cons of the other cricket playing nations forming their own governing body and incorporating some new countries, e.g. Ireland, Canada, Holland, Afghanistan, Kenya and other African nations, etc., and even a new Caribbean team involving all the nations of the Caribbean to replace the current WI. Could it be that this is the time to make this dinosaur called the ICC extinct? Let the so-called Big 3 play with one another. When they get tired of it and/or the money men get fed up we could let them into a lower league of ours. If funding is the concern, remember that there is money elsewhere apart from India. Maybe innovations like 4 day test matches, bringing back no limit to bouncers, using proper technology and in whatever other way modernizing and improving tests, ODIs, T20 and whatever these free nations may want to play. This could be the rebirth of cricket and the start of a global spread.

  • on January 27, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    The two-tiered test system is not such a horrible thing but the fact that a team can decide not to go on a tour for economic reasons is madness. Also, England, Australia and India should be able to be demoted like every other team.

    The money from the tours shouldn't be sent back to make the big 3 nations richer but to cultivate a stronger in depth test playing league.

  • Wiffy on January 27, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    The board's only official statement was that it would be "in the best interest of West Indies cricket".

    The WICB is what is not good for WI cricket and hasn't been for the last 20 years. How can they see this as being good for WI cricket? We still have all the stadiums built from WC 2007 and if ICC events will on be held in the countries of the hijackers what revenue will be going to the WI nations who constructed their fancy stadiums???

    That aside, we need to develop not relegate WI cricket so why support a proposal that clearly seeks to do the latter.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on January 27, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    So Tony, maybe this shock to West Indies cricket may actually pull it into line and get things back on track?

    It will solve the problem of players wanting too much pay as they will know the WICB does not have the money anymore and if they want more then they will have to start achieving.

    Flip side is, West Indies will continue to fall away. Problem is even with the money they did not get their acts together. Maybe it is just like one of the old English football clubs that have sunk down through the divisions and still talk of their old glories.

  • st_aubrun on January 27, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I refuse to believe that the players who reacted so gloriously to they imperial / hegemonistic mentality that said they would "grovel", and who are now running WI cricket will agree to this. You are wrong Mr. Cozier, you dont understand the proud fire that burns in West Indian hearts!

  • Roysingh1972 on January 27, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Hey, I think WI would do better in the lower division, at lease they will have to be forced to win to move up, also force to stay on top, when they, if they get promoted. Watching the Windies play test vs Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and New Zealand, is fine, but when it comes to teams like India, Aus, England, South Africa and Pakistan, they are beaten bad. Now they will be in second or third place, in the lower division, this will make there players look great, coach and board will be happy, and the cricket fans and media, would have better things to say about cricket in the windies. I am sure they will have better ave, and stats than they do now! I hope they don't fall apart, meaning separated! Jam, TnT, and others.

  • ygkd on January 27, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    A long, long way from 'Fire in Babylon', no?

  • VisBal on January 27, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    @DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement: The only country that India helped develop was Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe actually had a strong domestic structure through the 70s and 80s, but India did not support their elevation to Full Member status. When Dalmiya became ICC President, an obviously under-prepared and unready Bangladesh were elevated to Full Member without even demonstrating the sufficient consistency and quality on the pitch. Also remember it took India 27 years before they won their first Test, and that too at Kanpur. It takes time to develop the structure and quality. What BCCI want to do is pull the plug on the others.

  • Testcricfan on January 27, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    BCCI, the bully boy as it is perceived widely, has taken a stand and it is now upto the other boards to state their positions...WICB like NZ, has been greatly disadvantaged due to the time zone differences with the subcontinent, resulting in much lesser rights money from Indian TV companies. Nobody will stay up to watch Pak Vs WI tests in the subcontinent, that's the reality, so there is no point planning such uneconomic tours...If members keep playing per the FTP and keep loosing money, is it fair to expect the others to foot the bill, like they had to do few years ago with Zim? Its better to be pragmatic and play tours with 1 Test, 3 ODIs & 3 T20s to be financially viable. In order to provide more cricket for the smaller teams, they should be subject to an alternate 3-yr FTP window meaning they get to host 3 tours per year - with atleast one tour every yr from the big 3 with minimum 2 test matches. This way, a smaller team like WI can host 4 tests, 9 ODIs and 9 T20s per year.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on January 27, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    I wish the other boards across the world would close ranks and boycott the BCCI. Its about time someone put them in their place. Those fellows are a source of perpetual embarrassment for us Indians.

  • vladtepes on January 27, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    i can't imagine my life without cricket. my windies have disappointed me for so many years, and i still love them. however, if the WICB vote for this "proposal" i find it hard to imagine continuing to support or even follow the sport. i'm stuck in central usa and there's nobody to talk cricket with, so it wouldn't affect my conversations. with only the west indies in the same hemisphere, i have to stay up late to catch any live cricket; maybe now i can just sleep. west indies, pakistan, south africa, zimbabwe, sri lanka, new zealand and bangladesh should form their own board and invite ireland and afghanistan in. the only trick will be getting tv coverage. if they can stream the matches online, the world will watch. we can even call them test matches and form all new records.

  • on January 27, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Tony Crozier explains it all. But remember, it is no longer Frank Worrel days that revolutionised the spirit of the game that thrived on performance and sportsmanship. The talk is money in any sport today. One reason USA will never let cricket introdue in to its territory. Mani and Speed know that when sprurrned by Gladstone: keep out of - albiet our territory. Cricket has gone too far in the most populated regions taken the life out of every other sport. Now you have different formats, gender,age groups, search for new territories. The lurking danger is not so much the heirarchy, but how it is going to impact, policy, scheduling, rules. Will this mean, the criket body is going to split. Maybe,or may be not. It is money today. Some teams will bend politically, other lured into financial gains. There again, one is reminded of Kerry Packer's experiment, and how drastic action was taken by governments for turning it into an instument of revenue. That challange remains.

    Draft......

  • on January 27, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    If Pakistan and south Africa go their own way the Indians Hellbent on world domination will have succeeded in eliminating the world's best team and on the other hand the world of crickets most maverick country which has contributed the most talented and flamboyant talent if not the best teams either way it will be a deep chasm.I'd see Afghanistan and new Zealand joining them and ten years from now we"d be dreaming of what if matches between Pakistan and India and south Africa and as Australia

  • on January 26, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Although sad, the fact is that the fans, both corporate and otherwise are to blame. As the article said, the Indian juggernaut is funded by the deep pockets of Indian investors and cricket mad Indian fans. it would be unheard of, even when there was a poor Indian team of Indians not supporting their team. If the other seven are to have any hope of preventing this coup or any other in the future, the fans of the respective countries are going to have to put up the money to give their boards more clout. That is what Oz, Eng and Ind continue to hold over the rest of the world.

  • Blal on January 26, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Very sad, indeed! What else one could say?

  • on January 26, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    And what pray, Mr. Cozier, is your position? Funny you write an entire piece without once positing your own views on what should happen. So different to when you write against Darren Sammy, isn't it? In this piece you state "the WICB, even against their principles, will support the radical makeover . . ." First, I wasn't aware the current board could even relate to the word "principle." But on the assumption that it does, considering your premise that ultimately money talks, how is that different from the "Rebels" who toured South Africa during the apartheid period? Wasn't it also money over principle then? No Mr. Cozier you would have done better, much better, to condemn any move that simply pits cash against principle.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 26, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    I am afraid WICB could vote in favour of the Big 3 because of their financial instability. Not to forget, there are many West Indian players in the IPL and the BBL each season. I feel sorry for Caribbean cricket. As someone living in Canada, I know many Canadians of West Indian descent who ardently support their team no matter how poorly they perform. They carry a hope that some day their team can take their pride and glory back to where it belongs. West Indian cricket was a symbol of pride, sincerity, hard work and modesty. Now, it's gone to the dogs. The Big 3 need only 7 votes to push their agenda forward. They already have 5 votes. If Zimbabwe and WI vote in favour, the proposal will be passed and become law. I hope that's not the case.

  • fullalyrics on January 26, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    The signs were there-ever since India's refusal to adopt the DRS system cricket is no longer international -all FIFA rules apply internationally- So the stage was set for this coup.We the paying spectators in the lesser 7 should boycott any future matches ,domestic or otherwise, put on by the local Board that bows to this latest soap opera.The local Boards will then become redundant thus leaving the Big 3 to play amongst themselves thus driving a nail in their own coffins

  • AH_USA on January 26, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    @tommyhawk, Your analogy of this surrender to slavery is spot on. Cricket did just fine even when BCCI was not the main money maker. It can survive now if BCCI pulls out of ICC events.

  • aclarity on January 26, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    This WICB will vote on the side of short term Money and vote YES. This WICB will vote to ensure that no WI child could aspire to be the ICC President like Clyde Walcott. This WICB will vote for Imperialism where a few control the reins of power. I admire the clear, decisive position of SA but WICB is the opposite. Decision making is so difficult for WICB. You cannot fire a losing coach and the worst selectors in the world, how can you decide on this bigger issue. Let it be known, sport is cyclical and it is the Indian public that brings in the revenue and not the BCCI. That public wants to watch the best cricketers and WI will rise again under a different administration but it will be extremely difficult to unravel the impact of a YES vote.

  • jimmyvida on January 26, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Have not read the paper, so can't comment. However, West Indies cricket needs a Frank Worrell to get the players wanting to play and be proud to play for WI. What a grand master he was. He is surely missed.

  • EashwarSai on January 26, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    I did not expect a man as respected as Tony Cozier to join this witch hunt against India. India had a full tour of the west Indies as recently as 2011(3 tests+5 ODIs+2T20s). Add to it the triangular tournament mentioned in the article. You also mentioned that tours by Sri Lanka and Pakistan are not financially viable. There would have been no WI tours by Pakistan and Sri lanka if india had not toured the West Indies earlier making a profit for WCB. This means India is actually subsidizing the game in the rest of the world by touring all these smaller countries. Yet all India get is brickbats. India should stop being generous and simply pull the plug. Its not going to make a huge difference anyway.

  • mensan on January 26, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    But why India needs ICC world cup money? Does it give share to ICC from the money it makes from bilateral tours?

  • tommyhawk on January 26, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I have read Tony Cozier's prediction that "the WICB, even against its principles, will support the radical makeover put forward by Australia, England and India," and I find it profoundly disturbing.

    Clearly, the costs and consequences of agreeing to such a proposal are both lifelong and dangerous. The proposal reminds me of the story where Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a small mess of pottage and suffered greatly for it long after he did so. There is no coming back from a situation where the Boards knowingly surrender their right to vote to someone else. That is essentially what the veto is. The other countries will pay dearly if they do so.

    One of the most horrid things about slavery is that the victims had no choice about entering forced labour. In this current case, however, all of the cricket Boards have a choice and they should not make a choice to sacrifice the future of their cricket for a few bread crumbs.

  • kaddy64 on January 26, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    I really think the WICB should grow some...and as for having a two division system where three teams are never relegated makes a mockery of a very beautiful game. Over the last hundred years, these three countries have had very poor teams that had this proposal been in place would have remained in the top flight. It will be a POOR day for cricket if this goes through...

  • eddsnake on January 26, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Dear God this is all so depressing. So most of the 'small seven' are going to support this dreadful proposal and pretty much sign their own death warrants, in the false hope that the BCCI might grant them a few matches against India every now and then! Whatever happened to principal?

  • on January 26, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    ...and that's essentially it! I really can't see too many other boards siding with CSA and the PCB on this issue, for all of the above reasons.

    Congratulations must go to the ECB, CA and BCCI for comprehensively outmanoeuvring all the rest - absolutely disgusting behaviour by all three.

    I will no longer be following international cricket, despite this being the sport that I have been so passionate about for the last 30 years!

  • lee_man on January 26, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    I am basically done with cricket now. I stopped following the Aus vs. England series, as well as the NZ vs. India. My son loves the sport, but I will encourage him to find another one. For me, cricket in the West Indies is done either way.

  • on January 26, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Tony I hope that for crickets sake we are all wrong. i hope that just for a moment even if for a moments deludedness, the administrators would be forced to come back to reality and anguish the deceit of the golden coin pulled over their eyes by the big cricket snake-BCCI. For a snake knows only one thing to do. It bites. No amount of guarantees and nurturing and cherishing will tame the snake. For it desires more! Today the BCCI has put the golden legacy of cricket down the drain by blackmailing selfishly on the point of the sword-ICC events participation. For it can cunningly afford to do that knowing that administrators of boards like WICB, PCB and BCB are castrated and ready to give in in times of austerity. Whether they would succeed in getting the golden dime remains to be seen. The Adams apple is already ripe and ready to be eaten. And BCCI is leaving no stone unturned to entice these administrators in to a false folklore.

  • wittgenstein on January 26, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    'ICC's annual revenue to which India currently contributes 80'

    .India do not contribute 80 or any other percent. ICC put up a show, in which India also participate, to raise their funds. While it may be that broadcasters/sponsors interested in reaching the Indian audience generate 80 percent of iCC's revenues, this does not entitle BCCI to any part of it. other than what the ICC decide should be given to it. The ICC have world cricket to look after, without which there is no cricket. No one will pay the ICC to watch India A play India B. The funds are only generated because there is a worthwhile competition. The problem, in India particularly is that BCCI is not headed up by cricketers such as Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev or Rahul Dravid.

  • on January 26, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    I do not agree with the proposals for the unequitable financial distribution and that none of the "Big Three" can face relegation. Before I add further observation I just I have to say that I am From Trinidad in The WI. That said I have to point out one thing... the WI is lucky that the "Big Three" did not also propose that the WI be disbanded and that the member states play as individual nations and among the Affiliates or "minnows"...after all there is no team representing the WI in the following International sports : Soccer, Rugby, Golf, Tennis, Hockey, Basketball, Netball,Swimming ...or even at the Olympics... in other words we may have to face this as a proposal in the future....so thank heaven for small mercies...!!!!

  • windiescricetfan on January 26, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    As a West Indies cricket fan the WICB can sign it if they want, I for one will no longer be watching any WICB events if they go down this path. AngryWindiesCricketfan

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 26, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    i want to say one thing to the people who are fearing that india could not play against low ranked team if the proposal is approved is COMPLETELY BASELESS. India helped srilanka more than any other nation, india helped zimbabwe by playing against them in zim which generates 9m US dollars. India helped WI by accepting triseries odi proposal. And also encourging Bangladesh to host world cup t20 and now afghanistan is included in asia cup. WHICH COUNTRY PLAYED AGAINST ZIMBABWE RECENTLY OTHER THAN INDIA IN TOP 5? But eng and oz has played 10 meaningless test match between them. Why, not against zim or bang, atleast one?

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  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 26, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    i want to say one thing to the people who are fearing that india could not play against low ranked team if the proposal is approved is COMPLETELY BASELESS. India helped srilanka more than any other nation, india helped zimbabwe by playing against them in zim which generates 9m US dollars. India helped WI by accepting triseries odi proposal. And also encourging Bangladesh to host world cup t20 and now afghanistan is included in asia cup. WHICH COUNTRY PLAYED AGAINST ZIMBABWE RECENTLY OTHER THAN INDIA IN TOP 5? But eng and oz has played 10 meaningless test match between them. Why, not against zim or bang, atleast one?

  • windiescricetfan on January 26, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    As a West Indies cricket fan the WICB can sign it if they want, I for one will no longer be watching any WICB events if they go down this path. AngryWindiesCricketfan

  • on January 26, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    I do not agree with the proposals for the unequitable financial distribution and that none of the "Big Three" can face relegation. Before I add further observation I just I have to say that I am From Trinidad in The WI. That said I have to point out one thing... the WI is lucky that the "Big Three" did not also propose that the WI be disbanded and that the member states play as individual nations and among the Affiliates or "minnows"...after all there is no team representing the WI in the following International sports : Soccer, Rugby, Golf, Tennis, Hockey, Basketball, Netball,Swimming ...or even at the Olympics... in other words we may have to face this as a proposal in the future....so thank heaven for small mercies...!!!!

  • wittgenstein on January 26, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    'ICC's annual revenue to which India currently contributes 80'

    .India do not contribute 80 or any other percent. ICC put up a show, in which India also participate, to raise their funds. While it may be that broadcasters/sponsors interested in reaching the Indian audience generate 80 percent of iCC's revenues, this does not entitle BCCI to any part of it. other than what the ICC decide should be given to it. The ICC have world cricket to look after, without which there is no cricket. No one will pay the ICC to watch India A play India B. The funds are only generated because there is a worthwhile competition. The problem, in India particularly is that BCCI is not headed up by cricketers such as Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev or Rahul Dravid.

  • on January 26, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Tony I hope that for crickets sake we are all wrong. i hope that just for a moment even if for a moments deludedness, the administrators would be forced to come back to reality and anguish the deceit of the golden coin pulled over their eyes by the big cricket snake-BCCI. For a snake knows only one thing to do. It bites. No amount of guarantees and nurturing and cherishing will tame the snake. For it desires more! Today the BCCI has put the golden legacy of cricket down the drain by blackmailing selfishly on the point of the sword-ICC events participation. For it can cunningly afford to do that knowing that administrators of boards like WICB, PCB and BCB are castrated and ready to give in in times of austerity. Whether they would succeed in getting the golden dime remains to be seen. The Adams apple is already ripe and ready to be eaten. And BCCI is leaving no stone unturned to entice these administrators in to a false folklore.

  • lee_man on January 26, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    I am basically done with cricket now. I stopped following the Aus vs. England series, as well as the NZ vs. India. My son loves the sport, but I will encourage him to find another one. For me, cricket in the West Indies is done either way.

  • on January 26, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    ...and that's essentially it! I really can't see too many other boards siding with CSA and the PCB on this issue, for all of the above reasons.

    Congratulations must go to the ECB, CA and BCCI for comprehensively outmanoeuvring all the rest - absolutely disgusting behaviour by all three.

    I will no longer be following international cricket, despite this being the sport that I have been so passionate about for the last 30 years!

  • eddsnake on January 26, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Dear God this is all so depressing. So most of the 'small seven' are going to support this dreadful proposal and pretty much sign their own death warrants, in the false hope that the BCCI might grant them a few matches against India every now and then! Whatever happened to principal?

  • kaddy64 on January 26, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    I really think the WICB should grow some...and as for having a two division system where three teams are never relegated makes a mockery of a very beautiful game. Over the last hundred years, these three countries have had very poor teams that had this proposal been in place would have remained in the top flight. It will be a POOR day for cricket if this goes through...

  • tommyhawk on January 26, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I have read Tony Cozier's prediction that "the WICB, even against its principles, will support the radical makeover put forward by Australia, England and India," and I find it profoundly disturbing.

    Clearly, the costs and consequences of agreeing to such a proposal are both lifelong and dangerous. The proposal reminds me of the story where Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a small mess of pottage and suffered greatly for it long after he did so. There is no coming back from a situation where the Boards knowingly surrender their right to vote to someone else. That is essentially what the veto is. The other countries will pay dearly if they do so.

    One of the most horrid things about slavery is that the victims had no choice about entering forced labour. In this current case, however, all of the cricket Boards have a choice and they should not make a choice to sacrifice the future of their cricket for a few bread crumbs.