The on-going tussle between ICC and BCCI seems to get bitter and bitter with every passing day. During the vote for the change in revenue and constitutional change, only Sri Lanka was the team that was with India, rest all other nations voted against India. It was a major drawback for BCCI, who seems to be miffed with the new revenue model. The new revenue model will almost half the revenue that BCCI were getting before, so as a sign of protest, BCCI has not yet announced the team for the Champions Trophy. Currently, BCCI is undergoing an SGM meeting and proceedings of the meeting will decide whether BCCI will take part in the Champions Trophy or not.
27th April, marked the end of the week-long ICC meets going on in Dubai. The week was full of meetings and several important decisions were passed, including a revised financial model.
"Progress has been made on a number of significant issues, in particular around international cricket structures," said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson
According to the media release by ICC
Based on current forecasted revenues and costs, BCCI will receive $293m across the eight-year cycle, ECB $143m, Zimbabwe Cricket $94m and the remaining seven Full Members $132m each. Associate Members will receive funding of $280m. This was passed 13 votes to one, with BCCI the only member being against it.
The constitutional changes were passed with 12 votes to two. BCCI and Sri Lanka were the only two boards against it. The constitutional changes are:-
The potential to include additional Full Members in the future subject to meeting Membership criteria
Removal of the Affiliate level of Membership so only two categories; Full Member and Associate Member
The introduction of an independent female director
The introduction of Membership criteria and a Membership Committee established to consider membership applications
The introduction of a Deputy Chairman of the Board who will be a sitting director elected by the Board to stand in for the Chairman in the event that he or she is unable to fulfill their duties
Equal weight of votes for all Board Members regardless of Membership status
All Members to be entitled to attend the AGM
There were several other decisions passed in respect to improving the quality of cricket and development of cricket. ICC also took the decision of constituting a committee to support the cause of cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics.
The ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said, “This is another step forward for world cricket and I look forward to concluding the work at the Annual Conference. I am confident we can provide a strong foundation for the sport to grow and improve globally in the future through the adoption of the revised financial model and governance structure.”
The ICC Executive David Richardson further said, “It has been a very productive week. Progress has been made on a number of significant issues, in particular around international cricket structures. Efforts to find a solution, enhancing the context of international bilateral cricket and retaining the relevance of the international game, will continue.”
According to sources, BCCI is not very amused by the changes made by ICC. A senior BCCI official said that BCCI is extremely unhappy, the way proceedings went in Dubai. They are not happy that even Bangladesh didn’t vote for them. He also said that BCCI were quite patient during the whole meeting, but they were extremely disappointed with the proposal ICC president Shashank Manohar. The SGM meeting outcome will decide India’s participation in the Champions Trophy. Looking at the way things are going, chances of India’s participation are very lean.