ICC Meet: BCCI loses both revenue and governance vote

Cheryl Sanders
April 27, 2017

The just-concluded ICC meeting in Dubai also witnessed BCCI being outvoted 1-9 against the new financial structure.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, BCCI will now get United States dollars 293 million from the ICC global revenues for the 2015-23 rights cycle.

Liam Plunkett has yet to play this season due to a calf injury but he is closing in on a return and, with the International Cricket Council permitting changes up to May 24, he has been given the nod.

As of now, the option of India skipping the Champions Trophy is a big NO NO.

Nevertheless, ICC is in discussion with BCCI to ensure that it meets the Members' Participation Agreement obligations.

New Zealand Cricket chairman Greg Barclay, whose board will see an injection of funds because of the new ICC structure. "We have a settled squad and naming it is a mere formality", he concluded. That the general body will decide. They will take on Bangladesh.

The old order of the BCCI liberally used the threat previous year during their confrontations with the court-appointed Lodha Committee in a quest to retain decision-making powers.

Asked what will be the BCCI's stand on the issue, the official explained how they plan to work it out. "Today at the meeting, Manohar, in fact, said that the Dollars 290 million is a "take it or leave it" offer", the official was quoted as saying.

ICC independent chairman Shashank Manohar the man - pushing for cricket administration reforms - had initially offered a compromise formula of an additional $100 million, which would push the BCCI's share to nearly $400 million. "The BCCI had put forward a proposal for everybody, wherein we were striving for everybody's 2016 numbers to be protected and the BCCI's 2014 numbers to be protected". The idea was not bought by the other board members. We were working towards a solution that would have benefited everybody. "It was 8-2 in favour of revamped revenue model and 9-1 in favour of constitutional changes", a senior BCCI functionary present in Dubai told PTI on Wednesday. The switched allegiance today came as a surprise.

Meanwhile, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will receive USD 143 million, Zimbabwe Cricket to get USD 94 million and the remaining seven Full Members will be given USD 132 million each.

The governance structure of which Manohar spoke was the other major outcome from this week's round of meetings in Dubai.

The BCCI was alone in its opposition to the new finance model. Subsequently, BCCI lost the vote and now have to make do with $ 293 million.

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