A dummy’s guide to cricket’s biggest standoff

first_imgFor a lot of you wondering what’s all the fuss about India’s participation in the upcoming ICC Champions trophy and what this BCCI-ICC standoff is made of, its all about money. Here’s an explainer.1. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is the richest in the world and on the basis of its commercial importance in the game, had carved out a revenue arrangement whereby it would get $ 570 million out of a total $ 2.7 billion generated by International Cricket Council (ICC) in the 2015-23 cycle.2. The ICC has now scrapped the old arrangement and reworked a new equitable revenue model whereby the BCCI only receives $ 293 million.3. The ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar had offered to the BCCI representative at the ICC meeting and acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, a compromise offer of $393 million share in return of accepting the new revenue and governing model which he rejected. Subsequently, BCCI lost the vote and now have to make do with $ 293 million.4. Although the Supreme Court allowed the acting Secretary Choudhary to present India’s case at the ICC meeting, the overall BCCI functioning is currently overseen by Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) who were previously negotiating with the ICC. The COA claim to have found a common ground with the ICC and agreed on a more respectable $ 445 million share for BCCI. They blame the existing office bearers acting on the advice of BCCI’s once powerful old guard for the loss at ICC.5. The acting Secretary is now set to call for a SGM next week where it’s likely the various state associations will refuse to adopt a conciliatory stand as COA and mull over resolving to pull the Indian team out from the Champions trophy to devalue the ICC Champions trophy.advertisement6. Although BCCI has used such strong arm tactics in the past on the strength of the commercial value Indian cricketers enjoy, with the Shashank Manohar led ICC no longer on the back foot, there could be similar ugly tactics from the other side as well. Sources don’t rule out the ongoing IPL itself to be impacted if some of the member boards refuse to allow their players to continue playing.7. If other member boards decide to take on an adamant BCCI, the Indian team could be isolated with influential boards refusing to play bilateral cricket with India.8. If the Indian team pulls out it will also mean legal ramifications for the BCCI and a headache for ICC. With the broadcasters having shelled out top dollar to acquire rights for ICC tournaments, both ICC and BCCI will have to tread carefully before taking any extreme step against the other.Expect some more days of uncertainty and ugly power play between the game’s administrative bodies. It’s after all a fight for big moolah that cricket generates. Still some gap between the cup and the lip before we know if Virat and his men will get to defend their Champions trophy crown.last_img

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