It might look like a joint and equal nexus of the powerful triumvirate — the Indian, Australian and England & Wales cricket boards – but the proposed revamp of the International Cricket Council where the three leading bodies are set to share the major chunk of revenues and power, is in fact the brainchild of BCCI president N Srinivasan, according to sources close to the development.
The decision of assuming control over the cricketing ecosystem with India in the lead didn’t happen overnight as sources say it can be traced back to four months ago during one of ICC’s meetings at Dubai. Srinivasan had back then questioned why India needed to settle for the same share of the pie as some of the other nations whose financial contribution to world cricket was almost nil.
Srinivasan, however, knew that the only hurdles to cross for the BCCI in taking the proposal to its culmination would be the formidable ECB and CA, so the Indian board president had to get them on board. It is learnt that the idea was sounded out by Srinivasan to Cricket Australia and ECB on the sidelines of ICC meetings and the Indian board chief took the initiative of drafting the proposal in a few month’s time.
Along with him, Sundar Raman, the IPL CEO and the man mainly responsible for all the big-money and TV deals with corporates these days, helped draft a long confidential proposal.
Raman, Patel role
The draft might have got satisfactory nods from both countries, but it certainly took other countries by surprise. A presentation was made on January 9 in Dubai where BCCI president Srinivasan was present alongwith Raman and BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel. The meeting went on for two days before the Big Three agreed to table the proposal at an ICC meeting to take place in January’s last week.
“Srinivasan is the man behind all this and it was his idea which was later transformed into a proposal, ” an official said on condition of anonymity.
“The ICC earns major money from the Indian team’s participation, so why should the revenue shared between other nations and them be the same. Srinivasan was against the existing formula of sharing revenues for long,” the official added.