The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has threatened to withdraw from next year’s Champion’s Trophy which is scheduled to be held in England after being removed from the from the ICC’s finance committee meeting held a few days ago in Dubai.
The recent times has seen BCCI expressing their reservations over lot of issues with the ICC.One of the most powerful cricket board of the world, the BCCI has already expressed its disappointment with the ICC’s move to revoke the Big Three revenue model, according to which India gets a major share of revenues along with Australia and England, and by the new plan for a two-tier system for Tests.
Talking to Indian Express, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said that the exclusion from the committee is humiliating.
“These are the committees where all the important decisions are taken — finance, commerce and chief executives committee; India not having a representative (in those committees) is a humiliation for us. We will tell the ICC, ‘either you amend this or we will decide what to do to protect India’s cricket interests globally’. It could be anything. We may even not play the Champions Trophy. Better sense may prevail, and we may not reach that stage at all. But there are so many options,” Shirke said.
According to the report in the daily, some sources said that Shirke has informed the ICC that if the Indian board continues to be ignored, it will have to think on “parallel lines”.
“The problem with the ICC now is that it is acting like a dictator. Apart from the Big Three model that the ICC now wants to change, it is slowly trying to keep the BCCI at bay,” said another top BCCI official.
“Unfortunately, the BCCI is being deprived of a seat in the ICC finance committee. When 70 per cent of the ICC’s income comes from the BCCI, why should we not have a place in the finance committee? There’s no question of domination, but is the ICC trying to be a Robin Hood — robbing the rich and giving it to the poor?” said another official.
The board was already disappointed with ICC’s decision to allocate a budget of approximately $135 million for the Champions Trophy compared to only $45 million that was allocated to the BCCI by the ICC for the World T20 held earlier this year.
As per reports the Indian board has also raised questions over this issue. A source revealed that the board is unhappy since India hosted 58 matches compared to 15 matches that will be played in Champions Trophy.
The revenue issue between BCCI and ICC has been there for quite some time. Recently BCCI president Anurag Thakur made it clear in an ICC meeting that the board is not going to compromise when it comes to its share of revenue. The Indian board claims that the ICC generates a majority of its revenue thanks to Indian cricket and so it is not willing to compromise on that.