With the Revenue share issue being set to reduction by ICC, BCCI suffers a huge loss and eyes for a makeup in near future. The Board admitted it had blundered by focusing too much on the revised revenue model and ignored the changes being brought about in the ICC’s governance model.
Among the speculations about a triseries being scheduled in US, some BCCI members are in favour of home fixtures for greater profit and return. ‘Off-shore alternatives’ is something to watch out for as a new market, but logistical costs in those places bite into profits. Having settled for a revenue share with ICC, some of the members doesn’t want to take more chances of losing out.
“Florida was great as far as the turnout and facilities were concerned. But we made about 50-60% of what could have been the amount in India,” told BCCI.
“Going there again means a loss that we can’t afford at the moment. I’ll say this when the matter comes up for discussion at the appropriate forum.”
Assured of Rs 43 crore per bilateral match on Indian soil from sponsors Star, the BCCI wants to negotiate the amount if it hosts a tri-series in September-October.
“At some point, we have to look for new markets and US, at this point has great potential. Several IT companies including names like Google are willing to sponsor cricket and there’s a sizable audience, with at least six grounds in different places. Initially, we may not make as much as we do in India. But this will be an investment,” said another member. With opinion divided, the BCCI needs at least one working committee meeting to take a decision.