BCCI officials are in no mood to surrender or compromise on their interests in the International Cricket Council. Not worried at all about the threat of isolation in global cricket. Least bothered about the Supreme Court-nominated Committee of Administrators.
The resolve on the way forward, arrived at with a consensus, to safeguard its clout and revenues in the global cricket is firm. The action is initiated to put the ball in the court of ICC. The Indian cricket administrators were convinced that there is no legal threat to BCCI as they are not in ‘violation of any clause of the MPA. They are only acting to cure the breach. The veteran cricket administrators also rule out any threat of Indian isolation.
“Indian interest can suffer for a short while, if powers in the ICC think of such drastic steps (of isolation) against India. But, for them and most of their supporters it will be a matter of survival,” a senior BCCI administrator, who has been a top functionary in the board told InsideSport.
“We also understand the law. There is an agreement, which is a contract between all signatories. You are trying to say that 15 people sign an agreement. Then 14 vote against one party to snatch from it what is agreed before. Is it legal? So, today it is about your share in the ICC revenue. Tomorrow again they call a meeting. All ICC members vote and pass resolution that BCCI will have to share 50% share of revenue for its bilateral series with the visiting team. Then, what do you do? You play Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Afghanistan in India and pay them 50% of all your revenues and say this is decided by the ICC?. CoA is not understanding the seriousness of the matter. What do they know about sports administration and sports agreements,” fumes the veteran BCCI administrator.
The BCCI after a telephonic conference on Tuesday had resolved to send a legal notice to the ICC to cure the breach in MPA caused by proposed amendment in the ICC revenue distribution model. The State associations, which were not part the tele-conference, were appraised about the decision later in the day. The BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary is authorised to send the letter to the ICC. The majority of the State associations were in favour of the ove.
The BCCI bigwigs opined that the ICC can still amend its financial model without hurting the Indian interests. However, if India is ignored, ICC and all its associates will suffer. “You cut our legitimate share to please others. But if we and our money are not there, all is gone for ICC. You (ICC) cannot isolate India. We can suffer for some time if you (ICC) be unfair to us, but you cannot survive if India is isolated,” says the veteran administrators, narrating numbers fully loaded in India’s favour.
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ICC will get around 70% of its projected $ 2.7 billion revenue from India. If India is isolated, what will Indian corporate get by funding global cricket. Without dollars generated from India, ICC’s projected revenues can decline to $810 million, which not even sufficient to pay the shares of ICC full members under the revised revenue distribution model. ICC will require $ 11.53 billion to meet member nations’ proposed revenue shares. Add to this the operational expenditure, organizational expenses, salaries, marketing and cricket development costs. The figures are pure projections, but very significant to understand where the present crisis can drive the global cricket.
CoA chief Vinod Rai had advised that the BCCI cannot write to the ICC before the proposed SGM on Sunday. The board officials were advised to restrain from making any such move or issuing any statements. “CoA needs to understand they are an administrative body. Decision to protect our right in the ICC is a policy matter. We are taking decisions in a democratic manner with consensus. There are laid rules and norms. If someone is breaking any norms that is ICC. CoA also needs to understand this instead of behaving like a ‘teacher’ in the classroom telling students dos and don’ts,” says the veteran administrator.