MBA in Cricket – Learnings from BCCI, IPL to be part of the course: Have you ever saw or heard this before? Probably not! But it’s now a reality. Yes, in a first, the University of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia is launching the world’s first-ever MBA specialized in cricket. The course will also imbibe learnings of most powerful board of cricket BCCI and the most cash rich league Indian Premier League (IPL 2021)
The course has been designed for players eyeing to producing administrators and even candidates applying for the role of CEO of Cricket Australia. A part of the course will include how IPL, World’s biggest T20 league, is conducted.
For those aspiring to pursue the degree, there are possibilities that the course could become a “gold standard degree” globally for players heading towards sports.
To name a few players who have entered administrative roles are Sourav Ganguly (BCCI President), Graeme Smith (Director of Cricket, CSA), Andrew Strauss (chair of ECB), etc.
Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting are among recent former cricketers who do not hold an official role in Cricket Australia. Their last two CEOs, Kevin Roberts and James Sutherland were former cricketers.
Indian Premier League (IPL 2021)
In the beginning, the course will see players travel to India as part of a three-year course to learn how the most powerful board— BCCI stages the Indian Premier League (IPL), World’s richest cricket league. IPL comprises 8 teams, namely RCB, CSK, SRH, MI, RR, PBKS, KKR and DC with crores spent on players auction and conducting the T20 league.
The idea has been formulated by Australia’s cricket players reunion. It aims to have the sharpest minds in playing ranks in cricket so the expertise of players are not lost that they learned in their careers.
“It’s a shortcoming that as a game we’re not harnessing it,” departing Australian Cricketers’ Association board member and Cricket NSW director Neil Maxwell told smh.com.au
“We’re letting the Steve Waughs, some great leaders, being lost to the game in many ways. They’re not retained in the management and administration of the game,” he added.
MBA in cricket will feature sports governance, marketing/ fan engagement, media, sports law and events module focused on conceptualization and delivery of IPL.
The course costs ASD 100,000
The course has been designed so that students can complete the course remotely with their work commitments.
“It’s to identify the next CEO of CA, someone who comes from the ranks of professional athletes,” the director of Australian Graduate School of Management executive education at UNSW told smh.com.au.
“The stakeholders from the sport are quite keen for this to become an MBA for other cricket bodies in other countries. If it becomes a gold standard degree would it attract interest from other countries?” he added.
Australia Cricket Association feels graduate will also be well suited to management roles in the board of CA, state associations besides administration.
The second semester for MBA in cricket will begin June/ July. It has already attracted interest despite being promoted. Initially on 12 candidates are being shortlisted to do the course. The ACA will fund 1/3 of the cost.
A former NSW and all-rounder, Maxwell said cricket needs to do more to retain players in whom they had invested so heavily in developing skills off the field.
ACA General Manager Justin Whipper said it was key for the players to develop knowledge and expertise to fill the administration roles.