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For lion's share, BCCI puts ICC events on line

Friday, 24 January 2014 - 9:23am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Indicates that India will take part in/host ICC events like World Cup only if ICC Executive Board approves structural revamp.

As if forming a ‘Super Club’ with Australia and England wasn’t enough, the BCCI just about served notice on other ICC full members by making it clear that India’s participation in global events like the World Cup is subject to the passing of the proposed structural revamp of the global body.

The all-powerful working committee of the BCCI, which met in Chennai on Wednesday, was absolutely delighted with the proposal and gave it a thumbs-up, saying it was “in the interest of cricket at large”.

Apart from formally approving the draft which will ensure India get a bigger share of the ICC’s profits, the BCCI authorised its office-bearers to “enter into agreements” with ICC for participating in and hosting ICC events, subject to the proposal being approved in the ICC Board.

The committee, which was chaired by South Zone vice-president Shivlal Yadav in place of the president N Srinivasan, whose mother died on Thursday, also authorised the office-bearers to discuss bilateral matches with other full members (including Pakistan) and sign formal FTP agreements.

According to the draft proposal, most executive decisions will be taken by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board. Called Position Paper, it will be tabled at the ICC Executive Board in Dubai on January 28 and 29. The draft, prepared by a “working group” of the ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee has suggested significant changes in the ICC’s revenue distribution model, administrative structures and the Future Tours Programme.

“Definitely,” thundered an official, when asked if the proposal was unanimously passed. “Every member of the working committee was given a copy of the draft proposal as well as the financial statements of the ICC. It is crystal clear that the over 80 per cent of the ICC’s income is generated by the BCCI. Why then should that money be distributed equally among all full members. The working committee was convinced that the BCCI deserved to get a bigger share of the pie,” the official added.

“If the BCCI gets more money from the ICC, then it’s good for all of us. Every association stands to benefit. The board will obviously use this extra money to promote cricket in the country. We totally support the BCCI’s decision to join hands with England and Australia,” another official said.

Seven out of the ICC’s 10 full members will have to nod in the affirmative for the proposal to become a reality. So, apart from India, England and Australia, at least four other member countries will have to back the draft. Srinivasan and his pals in CA and ECB have sure done their homework.
Apart of South Africa and, perhaps, Pakistan, no other country is likely to object to this ‘cartelisation’. And if they do, then none of the Big Three will visit or invite them for a series. Also, India have threatened to pull out of world events.

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