BCCI In Trust Building Mode Ahead Of The ICC Annual General Conference
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is ready to oppose the changes proposed to the parent body’s governance policies at the annual general conference of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The Indian Cricket Board has managed to gain the support of cricket boards from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in order to show some influence at the meet which is scheduled to begin in London immediately after the conclusion of the Champions Trophy.
BCCI along with the three member boards will try to ensure that the changes proposed to the governance model doesn’t receive the necessary endorsement through a voting process. They are also in talks with the West Indies Cricket Board to get their support.
BCCI will likely have a share of four votes in its favour which can provide them with enough muscle to oppose the policies that were passed a couple of months ago. The proposed policies, which includes a revamped financial model, will reduce the overall revenue share of the Indian board. The policies also dissolve the existing voting structure of the world governing body which consequently brings a massive shift in power. This has become a source of discontentment and has caused BCCI to go into denial mode.
The BCCI had a feeling of betrayal earlier after it lost heavily during the voting process carried out to pass the newly formed governance model. The ICC has presented a maximum of $410 million as a bargain offer to India after their initial $290 million offer was brushed aside. The argument is that the amount offered is still very less as compared to the original amount of US $570 million which was agreed as per the ‘Big Three’ Model which was rolled out in 2014.
This controversy also put India’s participation in the Champions Trophy in jeopardy as the board officials threatened to revoke the Members Participation (MPA). In order flex their muscles, BCCI even skipped the deadline of announcing the squad for the multi nation tournament. Fortunately, the threat ended up being as just a threat as India’s participation was confirmed eventually.