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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) threatened to form its own world cricket body before the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia agreed to help them revamp the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“We got criticised by many in the media and lot of them did not agree but we told them that if India is not getting its proper due and importance then India might be forced to form a second ICC of its own,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said. “England and Australia agreed and after that it was decided and from June 27th onwards the new structure will come into place. I would like to state that all 10 Full Members have signed the resolution.”
Patel also revealed that exiled BCCI president Narayanaswami Srinivasan will become ICC chairman as the Indian Supreme Court has not stopped him from doing so in any way whatsoever.
“By the month end, India will take a leading role in the ICC. Mr Srinivasan is going. There is no Supreme Court bar on him. Both of us are going to Melbourne,” Patel said. “In the last four months we have settled (the issue) with all the Full Members of the ICC and convinced them about the new structure and the new financial model of the ICC which would be followed in the coming years.
“India would play a leading role in the ICC and the reasons are well known. India is more or less responsible for 68 to 72 percent of the ICC’s gross revenue but unfortunately so far we were getting three to four percent of it.”
Patel added that a private agency study confirmed that India’s contribution to the ICC had been nothing short of substantial.
“Srinivasan asked a private agency to study the model and find out who is responsible for what amount and we found that India is responsible for 72 percent and ICC worked out that it was 68 percent,” he said. “We had a meeting with the ICC officials in Dubai and we informed that 68 to 72 percent is not an issue but it was clear that the majority of the income is coming from India, so why should India take only three to four percent?”