Major blow for Indian cricket board and Big Three in ICC meeting

Published: April 26, 2017
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was dealt a major blow at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai on Wednesday when it was heavily out-voted on the governance structure and revenue model, according to The Times of India.

The BCCI lost 9-1 when representatives of all other nations voted against the Indian cricket board and favoured a change in the governance structure which would threaten the ‘Big Three’ structure brought around in 2014.

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In the revenue sharing model too, in which the BCCI claimed the majority of the share, the Indian board was out-voted 8-2.

“Yes, the votings are over. It was 8-2 in favour of revamped revenue model and 9-1 in favour of constitutional changes,” revealed a senior BCCI functionary.

“The BCCI has voted against both as we had, in principle, maintained that all these changes are completely unacceptable for us. At this point, we can only say that all options are open for us. We would have to go back to our SGM and apprise the members of the situation.”

As a result of their twin voting defeats, the Indian board is expected to see its share of the revenue dwindle from a staggering $570m to around $290m.

The driving force behind this power shift is thought to be India’s very own Shashank Manohar, who is a former BCCI head himself but has fallen out of favour with his former employers since taking over as ICC’s first-ever independent chairman.

Despite Manohar’s presence, BCCI didn’t expect to lose the voting by such a landslide as both Zimbabwe and Bangladeshi officials had assured them of their support.

However, come the voting day, both of BCCI’s allies left them in a lurch, opting to vote against them.

“Zimbabwe have been promised $19 million by the ICC. On what grounds has Manohar made this promise? But strangely Bangladesh also went the other way. Today at the meeting, Manohar, in fact, said that the $290 million is a ‘take it or leave it’ offer,” the red-faced BCCI official added.

“Our aim was to protect India’s interest. Our tone was extremely conciliatory at the meeting for the best interest of the game. But what was shocking was Mr Manohar’s stance.”

Caught in a fix, the BCCI is thought to be weighing its options, which as per its officials, also includes withdrawing from the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Jahan
    Apr 26, 2017 - 8:48PM

    About time Recommend

  • FAZ
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:21PM

    Bullies should be treated as bullies..Recommend

  • FAZ
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:22PM

    Brutus, you too! (Sirilankans)Recommend

  • Fiz
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:39PM

    Best news of the day. Anything based upon injustice is bound to fail. Where are the chest thumping indiots?Recommend

  • Haroon
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:40PM

    India is isolated in cricket community….she should understand and accept it :)Recommend

  • azmat
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:46PM

    I think ICC needs to stay firm even if India boycotts Champions trophy. In that case, ICC can ask individual boards to not issue NOCs to their players to play in IPL. Both ICC and BCCI will lose financially in the short term, but it will do loads of goods to the game of cricket in the long run Recommend

  • Jammer
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:49PM

    Great News from ICC. India started thinking that they have become America now. With 60% people having no toilets and having worst life standards than pooorest african state they are out of their minds. Every indian think he is American.. haha Jokers.
    Good Shot ICC.Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:51PM

    All members have equal rights and same vote strength; Hindus-tan as usual tried to bribe and or threaten smaller countries of reduced share if they dont vote in favor of Hindus-tan; Anyway, all have spoken and shown their hatred towards Hindus-tan’s attempt to hijack ICC and its distribution of cricket funds; Am surprised that Hindustan BCCI got only 2 votes, one vote of BCCI for themselves and the other from scared puny tiny weak Sri Lanka; All others voted against the hegemony of BCCI of Hindus-tan;

    As it went, it was a disgrace for BCCI and Hindus-tan, who think they are super humans; Actually they are nothing, the voting showed the real hate for them Hindus-tanis; Reality was in their face when they woke up from Dreaming, which they do all the time;

    India was checkmated by former BCCI boss Shashank Manohar, who now helms the ICC as its first independent chairman. He also now thinks he has become god; Anyway their gods are made of stone & clay sitting on a pedestal, meant to be toppled, broken and shattered;

    BCCI was thrashed 1-9 when representatives of all other member nations, except India’s Amitabh Chaudhary, voted in favour of a change in the governance structure. Shameless Hindus-tan. Their opposition to change of the revenue model was also rejected 8-2 by the ICC board with Chaudhary only finding support from Sri Lanka Cricket’s Thilanga Sumathipala. Shame on you Sri Lanka. You are never to be trusted in the future.. ;

    Above all now them Hindus—tanis are threatening to boycott major events; Good.. Great News… Do it… and when you learn the hard way to behave properly, then come and request ICC again; Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 26, 2017 - 11:48PM

    Indians are becoming a nation of cry babies. A trait they have inherited from their current leader. Recommend

  • Billoo
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:14AM

    Kudos to ICC. Truly a big blow. How Indians were manipulating international cricket specially what they did to Sri Lanka team thru their proxies that was the TTP and depriivng Pakistan of International cricket. How they framed Pakistani players into match fixing scandals. How their bookies were manipulating match results. This should hopefully also end.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:33AM

    LOL Pakistan would still won’t get the cricket deal with India. Recommend

  • vasan
    Apr 27, 2017 - 3:46AM

    And now Pakistan will not beg to play against India for want of money, I hope. Let us seeRecommend

  • Saba
    Apr 27, 2017 - 4:36AM

    Those who were trying to isolate us, are now isolated themselves. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Apr 27, 2017 - 9:46AM

    Great Decision by all members. Disappointed on only Sirilanka voting for India. No worries if India quits champion’s trophy. India should reevaluate themselves of what it is doing for the past few years and avoid doing childish things like quitting champion’s trophy.Recommend

  • Fariha
    Apr 27, 2017 - 10:40AM

    You reap what you sow…Recommend

  • zakhta
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:07PM

    Great news, now I will ask my Hindus-tani colleagues how they feel. I am sure everyone one of them has nothing to say in favor of BCCI but to throw dirt at Pakistan for no reason just like I read the comments of few Indians here.Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 27, 2017 - 9:28PM

    Major Blow ??? Its a KNOCK OUT PUNCH; !!! One strike and Hindus—tan is done; This is called Isolation, you Hindus—tanis; Now you know what it is like to be ‘done and out’ ; You Hindus–tanis can now jump all as much as you want… The …as you call it.. One “Surgical Strike” just killed your ego, pride, macho attitude, super human dreaming, hegemony dreams and stripped you off your artificial garb of ‘whatever’ crap you wear; Recommend

  • Giri
    Apr 28, 2017 - 10:00AM

    There are options to bleed ICC. One thing is clear international cricket is changed for ever. India will now emphasize more on IPL and mini IPLs. millions will be offered to players. many cricketers won’t be able to refuse. They will rebel against their boards. This is the history of world soccer where clubs became more powerful than countries. The clubs grant approval to players to play for their countries. That is reality there. Same will happen in Cricket. The money will always triumph as it should be. 80% of ICC revenues comes from India and not from Pakistan or Bangladesh. The day ICC realizes this that day they will save the cricket.Recommend

  • Indian
    Apr 28, 2017 - 12:10PM

    @Shah: What isolation you are talking about. ICC still offers $400 to BCCI which is three times bigger than second placed ECB’s revenue. No body going to isolate India or BCCI. It is just matter of time before every thing sorted out. So don;t jump in excitement.Recommend

  • Pure Ind
    Apr 30, 2017 - 3:00PM

    @Shah:
    the Hindus -tani gods are meant to rule,& some countries would still be roaming around with begging bowls so that these gods can bless them with a series or a place in the IPL Recommend

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