India will be featuring in a high number of test matches in next 8 years with the BCCI signing on bilateral agreements which confirms the India’s playing of 20 Tests, 16 Tests and 12 Tests against England, Australia and South Africa respectively during the eight-year cycle expanded from 2015 to 2023. Addition to this there are six bilateral series against Pakistan which are pending government clearance during the same period.
The cycle of 8 years starts after the India’s tour to Australia in December 2014, which includes four Tests and a tri-series also involving England, which also can be the last tour featuring India playing in different formats. BCCI has decided to take the Cricket Australia’s route to avoid the tours which are considered as lengthy and full tours with Tests and limited-overs games to be played between major cricket-playing nations in the coming eight-year cycle.
“We would have obviously liked long tours both home and away with key countries,” Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary who was inducted into the ICC governance committee,” said Sanjay Patel. “However, Australia are unwilling to tour for more than six weeks anywhere except England, so we have also decided to split the Test and ODI tours to Australia.“
Patel also added the decision that, this would result in India playing more series at home, which will add BCCI earnings from broadcast rights revenue, but he also said that this will allow key players to participate in domestic tournaments. “Over the last few years, the participation of main players in domestic tournaments has been on a decline,” Patel said. “So the decision to play more series at home would help them play domestic cricket.“
The revamped ICC revenue model will bring India a lion’s share from the revenue that ICC will be generating by hosting the three major world events. The new financial model has ensured India to be entitled to a “contribution cost” which is nearly double to that of all the other nine full members combined. Considering ICC generates USD 3000 million, India will be holding to 21.9%, while the other nine boards put together will be receiving 12.6%.
The BCCI distributes its 26% of profit to the players, with international and domestic players share 13% apiece. Additional revenue generated through ICC fees could well see the remuneration of domestic players (approximately $583 per match day) can be doubled in the next eight years.
“With the additional revenue, all the BCCI members would take home much more cricket development fund, which would help creating top-class infrastructure in mofussil places (smaller centres),” Patel said. “Besides, there will be a substantial rise in match-fees of all the domestic players.”
Patel informed that India have been guaranteed to host three major ICC events during the next eight-year cycle. Since India hosted the 1996 World Cup, they have been hosts for two major ICC events namely the Champions Trophy in 2006 and the 2011 Cricket World Cup.