After BCCI, CA also wary about having too many ICC events

The Tribune

The Tribune

Author 2019-10-27 09:11:00

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Melbourne, October 26

Cricket Australia has echoed BCCI’s concerns about ICC’s proposed one flagship tournament every year during next eight-year FTP cycle (2023-2031), as they are not ready to compromise on conducting bilateral Test series.

During the ICC meeting in Dubai earlier this month, it was announced that a working group of member nations had agreed in principle to the chief executive Manu Sawhney’s idea of selling eight ICC men’s events in eight years (2023-2031) as part of the next broadcast rights package.

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has already expressed his concern and ICC has been apprised that world’s richest cricket board is not on same page.

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts’ apprehension about the global body’s plans will be music to BCCI’s ears. “The ICC schedule of tournaments is certainly something that is absolutely up for discussion at the moment and will continue in the months ahead,” Roberts said. “There’s a sense that fans really value World Cups and international events in general, and in this last cycle on the men’s side, I think we’ve had six world events in the eight years whereas the previous cycle, we had one event per year with the Champions Trophy as part of that,” he added.

The next eight-year cycle will see four T20 World Cups being played, along with two ODI World Cups. With another Champions Trophy like tournament included in between all of this, Roberts feels it might have an impact on the ICC Test Championship. “We need a healthy balance of World Cups along with international cricket that occurs between World Cups and the space for great domestic leagues like the Big Bash League (BBL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) to thrive into the future,” Roberts said.

Roberts also wants ICC to ensure the cap on the days for its events so that window for popular private T20 leagues like IPL and BBL is not compromised. “... How many days of the calendar does that represent and how do we ensure the bilateral international cricket between ourselves and other nations is really embraced and respected in the process, so we’ve got a healthy balance of World Cups along with international cricket that occurs between World Cups and the space for great domestic leagues like the BBL and the IPL to thrive into the future,” he said. — PTI

ICC has no relevance without BCCI: Anurag

HAMIRPUR: Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur lashed out at the ICC, saying it “has no relevance” without the world’s richest board (BCCI), which used to give the ICC 75 percent of grants to run its affairs. “The ICC has no relevance without the BCCI as it used to give it 75 percent of grants to run its affairs,” said Thakur, who is the brother of newly-appointed BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal. He also expressed hope that the Sourav Ganguly-led new body of BCCI would take up the issue with the ICC and get its due. Thakur said the appointment of Arun as the board’s treasurer is a matter of pride for the state and he was hopeful that his brother would do the job honestly. Though Thakur, a Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, is not directly involved in the board’s affairs anymore, he said he is open to guiding the BCCI on certain matters. — PTI

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