Grieg sees the BCCI as a major threat to the game of cricket
Former England captain and current cricket commentator Tony Greig has called upon India to accept the notion that the “spirit of cricket is more important than generating billions of dollars”.
India, is currently the economic powerhouse of the cricketing world, as they contribute to the game by agreeing to multimillion dollar deals with sponsors and broadcasters.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are also in charge of the extremely popular Indian Premier League (IPL), which generates a massive amount of revenue as people from all over the world flock to the country to watch the once a year extravaganza.
However, with the BCCI having a vast amount of power and control over the game, many critics of the cricket board say that it abuses its powers in order to get what they want, and don’t care about the other nations, which has sparked an international outcry that believes the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not doing its job properly.
An example of India’s dominance over the sport is the fact that they are the only country to refuse the use of the Decision Review System (DRS), which has been accepted by the ICC, since the BCCI is the most wealthiest cricket board.
During his 2012 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, Greig said: “Much of the game is controlled by the BCCI because it controls enough votes to block any proposal put forward at the ICC board meetings. The reason for this is some countries would not survive without the financial opportunities India provides.”
Grieg, voiced his opinion about turning the IPL into a full Asian league, and also agreed with former Australian captain Steve Waugh’s idea to make players take a lie detector test in order to get rid of corruption in the game.
Most of Greig’s speech was targeted at the BCCI, as he noted that India could solve all their cricketing problems “if it embraces the spirit of cricket and leads for world cricket, not just India”.
Greig added that the BCCI’s constant thoughts about making money have seriously damaged the sport in a big way.
“The net result is Test cricket is suffering; some players appear not to have the same feeling for Test matches as their predecessors; there are more and more meaningless ODIs (one-day international matches),” he said.
The former England captain pleaded with India to stop thinking about what financial benefits they can get from the sport, but instead think about scheduling more matches with rival nations like Pakistan, England and Australia.
“This situation can only be resolved by India accepting the spirit of cricket is more important than generating billions of dollars; it’s more important than turning out multi-millionaire players; and it’s more important than getting square with Australia and England for their bully-boy tactics towards India over the years,” Greig added.