"The BCCI is responsible for 80% of ICC's revenue,": Anurag Thakur
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“The BCCI is responsible for 80% of ICC’s revenue,”: Anurag Thakur

Indian cricket board has been crying foul as the International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to allocate $135 million to the ECB for the Champions Trophy which in comparison to the 2016 WT20 is much higher than $45 million which BCCI received.

“We have certain concerns and we have sent queries to the ICC because the money that will be spent on the event will go from everyone’s pockets. I’m sure the ICC will understand this. As a cricketing nation, India would like to play its role as a global leader,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur told TOI.

A section within ICC denied this budget hike and insisted that the draft of the financials worked out for the Champions Trophy is less than $60million but BCCI sources maintain that the financials activities worked by the ICC are way too much.

Responding to the figures mentioned above, the ICC said, “Like all ICC events, the event host produces a draft budget based on the delivery of a high-quality event in that market. This budget is then circulated to the Members before being formally discussed and approved by the ICC Board during the ICC Annual Conference.”

The 2016 WT20 has seen the involvement of more teams than the ICC Champions Trophy will see in England next year. Sources say there is a huge difference in the per match cost.

This is a pure financial disparity between what was allotted for the World T20 and what England has been allotted that upsets BCCI, the powerhouse within governing body’s structure.

For example, the BCCI does not have a representation in the ICC’s all-important Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee, which is responsible for clearing all major budgets. This is one bone of contention

“The BCCI is responsible for 80% of ICC’s revenue and it does not get a representation in these committees. It clearly looks like the ICC is trying to cut the hand that is feeding them,” a top BCCI official said.

When Manohar was the BCCI president, he was on this committee but following his switch to the ICC, the BCCI is yet to find any presence there. Here’s where matters are taking a turn for the worse because the board is convinced that Manohar isn’t acting in BCCI’s interest anymore.

“We have certain concerns and we have sent queries to the ICC because the money that will be spent on the event will go from everyone’s pockets. I’m sure the ICC will understand this. As a cricketing nation, India would like to play its role as a global leader,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur told a national daily.

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