Cricket : BCCI willing to support other cricket boards says board official

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Cricket Australia has made no bones about the fact that Indias tour scheduled towards the end of the year could in a big way decide how the Australian boards financial position looks post the coronavirus-led economic setback. And now BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal has gone ahead and given them some respite saying that a two-week quarantine after landing in Australia shouldnt be a big deal once normalcy returns.

BCCI Willing to support other cricket Boards

And this is the way the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wishes to approach relations with other boards in the post coronavirus era. The line of thought is clear that the member boards of the International Cricket Council (ICC) need India to stand up and lead a revival in these tough times and they will do just that as they look to generate revenue not just for themselves, but for other boards as well.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that the interest of other member countries has always been close to the Indian board”s heart and now with a change of outlook in certain quarters, the BCCI will look to ensure that the game gets the much-needed boost once the on-field action begins.

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“The equations have changed at the ICC and BCCI is looking to do what it has always intended to do and that is to work in tandem with the other boards to sustain the game. I think somewhere there has been a transition in thought as well amongst some other boards that they were being led down the garden path by select individuals for their own benefit. Essentially, the de jure leadership must also rest with the de facto leaders for it to have complete sanctity and for the organisation to have respect,” the official said.

Boards which are looking for BCCI’S support
SriLanka Cricket – Indian cricket team was slated to tour Sri Lanka in the month of June-July for 3ODI’s and 3T20 games. The series in midst of Covid19 stands postponed. SLC will now look for rescheduling of the series so that they can sell their Media Rights. 60% of the rights values will hinge on the series against India.
Cricket South Africa – CSA does not have any scheduled series with India as per the Future Tour Program. But as reported by InsideSport, on the request of Graeme Smith who has taken over as CSA’S new cricket operations chief, India agreed on short 3T20 game tour of South Africa in August. The tour will be important for CSA to sustain themselves commercially. Amidst Covid19 the tour looks unlikely but BCCI may look to reschedule the series in order to help CSA.
Cricket Australia – It is already widely reported that CA requires India to tour Australia in the month of Dec-Jan. The tour is already touted as ‘make or break’ tour for the Australian Board. Without any doubt CA is struggling financially and the tour can help them sustain their dwindling finances. That is the reason BCCI from no-where came in support of CA and reassured them that they will be touring Australia for the scheduled tour.
In fact, this is the exact line Dhumal took while speaking to Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “There is no choice – everyone will have to do that. You would want to resume the cricket. Two weeks is not that long a lockdown. That would be ideal for any sportsman because when you are in quarantine for such a long period, then going to another country and having a two-week lockdown it would be a good thing to do. We”ll have to see what the norms are post this lockdown,” he said.

An executive of another cricket board echoed the need for the BCCI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to come forward and bail the member boards out of the economic setback due to the pandemic.

“The BCCI and the ECB need to come together and help the game out. You have to understand that at this point in time, the member boards need the Indian and English teams to play everyone to help recover from the economic setback and for that you need strong leadership coming in from BCCI,” the executive told news agency IANS.