The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is banking on the support of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the West Indies to prop up the ‘Big Three’ formula, which will help India get maximum revenue from world ICC’s income when the world body’s executive board gathers for a five-day meeting begins in Cape Town on Monday.
The BCCI is expecting this support in lieu of opposing the two-tier Test system proposed by ICC.
BCCI, which will be represented by its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke in Cape Town, will raise its voice against ICC head Shashank Manohar’s bid to scrap the ‘Big Three’ model, which was brought in by former chief N Srinivasan. This model ensures a major chunk of ICC’s revenues to India, Australia and England.
This meeting is significant because it will put in place a roadmap for world cricket. With ICC keen to end the control of the elite, BCCI is expected to fight for a greater say in the running of the game and a larger share of the revenues, a major chunk of which comes from India.
“If seven votes are needed to make a resolution, you also need seven votes to defeat a motion. The Indian board wants to seek support of teams like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the West Indies. If these nations support BCCI on continuing with the Big Three formula, it will be good for India. The discussion is also a part of the agenda,” a source said while adding that the board will also oppose the ICC spending style in different tournaments across India.
Former ICC chairman N Srinivasan had been the main architect behind the Big Three plan, which was passed by the ICC board in the beginning of 2015. Last year, when Manohar was made ICC chairman, he fundamentally opposed the idea of and criticised the plan for bringing about an imbalance of power.
For a while, ICC has been making the groundwork to change the revenue pattern of distributing money equally amongst cricket-playing nations. Surprisingly, India, which is keen to align with England in the ‘Big Three’ plan, is opposing the Champions Trophy budget allotted to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) by ICC.
It was also learnt that Pakistan will lodge a protest against India for Thakur’s stand on not playing Pakistan in the league stages of the Champions Trophy next year in England. “The board isn’t ready make any compromise on such issues like India playing Pakistan immediately,” the source added. (Times of India)