BCCI Faces Tough Deal With International Cricket Council Prior To ICC Champions Trophy 2017
After Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) didn’t announce its squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy 2017 as the official deadline was set until April 25, the latest development suggested that supreme cricket board BCCI is likely being isolated given to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) meeting which is scheduled for April 26 at its headquarters in Dubai.
Under the rules and regulations and as per the constitution of ICC, the global cricket body allows countries to announce their teams post the deadline following different state of affairs within boards.
So far, seven teams have announced their ICC Champions Trophy squad following Pakistan which announced its squad on the final day of the official deadline to the ICC.
However, Committee of Administrators supremo Vinod Rai has cleared the air by stating that India isn’t threatening to pull out of the ICC’s major event which will kick start on June 1 in England.
“We have to build consensus and create an enabling environment for us to show our cricketing capability which is at its peak now. We can’t afford to be rigid and taciturn and have other country boards begin to hate us,” Rai was quoted as saying by India Today.
Cornered on all sides, the reports suggested, BCCI has been firm to continue with their revenue share policy as ICC is mulling to slash its shares after other cricket boards requested the world cricket governing body to revamp the policies.
If the revenue share policy will be applied it will witness the considerable loss to the BCCI, in the process of revenue method.
However, with the ‘Big Three’ policy taking place under the ICC’s administration, BCCI receives 579 million from world cricket board and if the new policy would be adopted, BCCI’s shares would plunge to 290 million.
It becomes pertinent that the proposed model was suggested by ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, who recently caused a stir when he tendered his resignation before joining the office again.
According to the India Today report, BCCI has rejected the offer of USD 100 million from ICC, in a bid to put an end to the long-standing issue regarding the finance sharing model.
As BCCI is keen to rely on the shares they have been getting in the recent past followed by England and Australia from ICC, the world body is holding an annual meet to look at the pros and cons of the financial redistribution policy as well.
BCCI’s Joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer were trying hard to continue with their original shares, but the officials haven’t found quality support from different cricket boards, who could outvote BCCI during a two-day meeting might witness heated debate over the ‘rollback’ of the 2014 Big Three proposal.
On the other side, BCCI requires four votes to stop the move in a bid to dole out the money they have been getting in the recent past from ICC itself.
Given to the current scenario, Manohar is having a quality majority for the revamp and BCCI is likely to agree on the deal which includes bilateral calendar given to the formula otherwise the board will be outnumbered by other cricketing boards, who are participating at the international circuit.
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