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Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019

ICC’s $400 million offer far less than what India deserves: BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary says that the $400 million dollars promised by the International Crikcet Council (ICC) is far less than what the Indian board deserves

cricket Updated: May 02, 2017 12:32 IST
Amitabh Chaudhary, the BCCI’s joint secretary and acting secretary says ICC’s offer of $400 million is far less than what the Indian board deserves.
Amitabh Chaudhary, the BCCI’s joint secretary and acting secretary says ICC’s offer of $400 million is far less than what the Indian board deserves.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT file)

BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has said that the $400 million offer presented by the International Cricket Council (ICC) before India is “far less than what the country deserves”, considering BCCI’s contribution to global cricket revenues.

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“Because it is far less than what India deserves fairly,” Chaudhary told Indian Express newspaper on why he did not agree to the settlement deal.

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The BCCI secretary said that the Indian market contributed 70% of the global cricket revenue and, therefore, it was natural for India to get the lion’s share.

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“Why do you forget that a disproportionate share of revenues to cricket comes from India? It’s very easy and misleading to say that India is getting a disproportionate share,” he said.

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“The facts are that over 70% of cricket’s revenue world over comes from the Indian market. That (the $293 million offered by the ICC) is not even close to the contribution that India makes,” he added.

The ICC on Thursday abolished the ‘Big Three system’ and approved a new financial model after its meet in Dubai, under which the BCCI will receive 293 million dollars from 2016 to 2023. Based on the Big Three model, the board would have drawn an amount of $570 million due to the ‘Big Three’ formula.

This might not have gone down well with the Indian board as the new model eats into its share.

ICC independent chairman Shashank Manohar had initially offered a compromise formula of an additional $100 million, which would push the BCCI’s share to close to $400 million.

However, BCCI rejected this with a counter-offer under which it would still get its $570 million but no other full member’s share would be reduced.

Manohar had in February, while presenting the finance model for the first time, said the basic premise was to allow every member country to get an equitable share.

To which the BCCI had objected, saying it could not accept the finance model without any scientific basis.

Chaudhary further said that any decision on revoking the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) could only be taken by the BCCI, which has called for a special general body meeting (SGM) on May 7.

With the new revenue model getting the nod, BCCI will now have to do with what they have been allotted in the eight-year cycle. The England Cricket Board received $143 million while Zimbabwe Cricket received $94 million. The remaining seven Full Members will receive $132 million each. The Associate Members will receive a funding of $280 million. This model was passed by a vote of 13 to 1.

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 16:11 IST

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