Indian cricket board BCCI to face big setback

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NEW DELHI - The ICC is planning to meet the BCCI officials in the Capital on Thursday and going by the SWOT analysis prepared by the ICC — as part of the global strategy — the world body plans to further cut down India’s financial position in world cricket. And the move hasn’t gone down too well with the members of the BCCI .

The members had a conference call on Wednesday evening and felt the need to discuss these issues of policy and take appropriate decisions in this regard at the general meeting.

“Representatives of 18 full members of the BCCI had a conference call this evening. The members of the BCCI have been observing certain developments at the ICC over the past year and a half. One such development being the shape being given to the outline of the global strategy for cricket which lists the heavy dependence on the Indian fans and revenues as a weakness and laments the lack of aggressive growth strategy to counter over – reliance on India.

“Thus, the intent with regard to India is apparent. The decision to convert the Champions Trophy into a World T20 event is another such recent development. The members took a dim view of these developments and were of the view that the BCCI as an organisation would necessarily need to discuss these issues of policy and take appropriate decisions in this regard at a general meeting.

Consideration of and deliberations on the proposed member participation agreement with the ICC would also be undertaken to safeguard the BCCI’s interest before the same is executed on behalf of the BCCI , in lines with an earlier decision of the general body of the BCCI ,” a statement from the board said.

The SWOT analysis that the ICC is planning to discuss with the BCCI officials lists their concern over the heavy dependence for revenues on India. Having accepted their dependence, the world body then points at the need to counter the over-reliance on India and brings up the high disparity in distribution of world cricket income. Clearly, the world body is still not done with reworking the financial revenue model of the ICC under current chairman Shashank Manohar.

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