ICC in damage-control mode after BCCI takes offence to calling its influence a 'weakness' in globalising cricket

ICC's CEO David Richardson sought to clarify its position after the meeting, calling the BCCI a "strength."

FirstCricket Staff, May 18, 2018 22:39:02 IST

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday went on defensive after it called "heavy dependence on revenues and fans from India" as a possible "weakness" as per its SWOT analysis and held it responsible for impeding cricket's global outreach. The Indian board, according a report in ESPN, had threatened to call a general meeting to discuss the Members' Participation Agreement with the ICC to "safeguard the BCCI's interest before the same is executed on behalf of the BCCI".

ICC in damage-control mode after BCCI takes offence to calling its influence a weakness in globalising cricket

File image of Dave Richardson. Reuters

ICC's above-mentioned censure is a part of its 25-page document, titled  "A Global Strategy For Cricket - Update", and it understandably dominated Thursday's meeting between the BCCI and global body's working group to develop a global strategy for cricket.

ICC's CEO David Richardson sought to clarify its position after the meeting, calling the BCCI a "strength."

"We need Indian cricket as part of global strategy. It's certainly a strength that we have such a huge cricket economy behind us. It's not a big issue from weaknesses point of view; if anything it's a reminder for other countries that they cannot rely on India alone, they need to do something themselves," Richardson said.

The BCCI is certain that the sentence will be removed from any further discussions.

"If Sachin Tendulkar was the dominant batsman for India, you didn't try to find ways to cut down his scoring," a BCCI official said. "You asked other batsmen to start scoring more."

Further, the BCCI has cautioned the global body against any possible cuts in budgets or revenue, citing a spike in its expenditure.

“With the Lodha recommendations coming into effect, we have new members coming in. The north-eastern states have got full membership. They will get due grants from the board. We are investing heavily in women’s cricket as well. We can’t afford to lose out on any money,” a top BCCI official said.

Updated Date: May 18, 2018 22:39:02 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254