BCCI is unhappy with ICC over budget allocations for events in England
BCCI’s relation with ICC is changing as the Indian cricket board differs the fund allocation for the ICC events world over. The BCCI is seeking details of the expense for these events of the recent past and immediate future.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur himself has sought details of the Champions Trophy (2017), women’s World Cup (2017) and the World Cup 2019, all to be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). There is a speculation that the expenses are more for other boards to host these tournaments than the one India hosted in 2011 and 2016. The 2011 World Cup in Indian sub-continent cost ICC $120 million.
For Australia and New Zealand the expenses were $180 million. Now it is expected that expenditure for events in England will be more than the events in the subcontinent and Down Under. But, BCCI thinks the allocation for the 2015 event was very high.
The World T20 in India this year got an allocation of $45 million and the BCCI conducted it for $42 million to stage 35 men’s and 23 men’s game in India. Now the talk is that the budget for the Champions Trophy in England, where there will be only 15 games in 18 days, will be proportionately very high. Thakur has raised the issue with the ICC and sought why the higher budget is being allocated for those tournaments.
One of the reasons being put forth is that Australia and New Zealand set up a separate company with a separate staff for organising the tournament something the ECB is replicating for the future events. It has appointed former South Africa cricketer Steve Elworthy as the head of ICC events in England for the next three years.
The Indian cricket governing body saying that the income from these events is highest from India but when it comes to budgets , the BCCI is not properly compensated.
The ICC point is different. Sources say before every tournament, the home board would be asked to submit a budget and in the case of 2011 World Cup and 2016 World Twenty, the BCCI had prepared the budget. Similarly, the budget prepared by other boards would have to be approved by the ICC board of which the BCCI is a key member.
“Expenses differ from country to country and time to time,” said an ICC source.
But, the BCCI doesn’t want to listen. “The staff of the BCCI and its state units was used freely for the events in India while in other countries the ICC is having to pay heavily for the administrative expenses. The Australia and New Zealand board had paid hefty salaries for close to 18 months something the ECB is currently doing as well. We would like to ask why the services of local cricket staff are not being used,” said an important BCCI member who was instrumental in holding an ICC event.
It is expected that a formal discussion will happen at the next ICC meeting which apparently will be held in Mumbai.