The relations between BCCI and ICC are set to get bitter as the Indian cricket board’s president Anurag Thakur hit back at ICC chairman Shashank Manohar’s question about “wasting 5-6 days watching Test cricket” and to the two-tier system and centralised marketing of the broadcast rights of bilateral series. He also hit out on the revenue system saying that BCCI hosted two big events at a lower cost than ICC’s allocated budgets.
“ICC accounts/budgets were allocated and we want a justification for it. We were successful in hosting two big events with lower costs,” Thakur tweeted.
Thakur also took a step closer to the new reforms in the cricket body and invited Lodha panel to BCCI office to witness the handling of domestic matches in India. He also said that BCCI has been bringing reforms much before Justice Lodha and will continue to do so.
Thakur was speaking after announcing the tender process for Indian Premier League’s media rights for both TV and digital. The IPL tender process will continue for next 10 years.
“Broadcasting Rights revenue is a major source of income for BCCI. We use it to promote cricket and enhance fan experience in India. BCCI invites Justice Lodha to visit our office and see how we tournaments and matches. Individuals are not important but institutions are. BCCI have brought in reforms much before Justice Lodha and our good work for cricket will continue,” he tweeted later.
The BCCI will also decide whether the Test matches in India can be conducted with pink in day-night format or not. The recently concluded Duleep Trophy was the first domestic tournament with pink ball conducted by BCCI. Thakur has been a supporter of Test cricket and also admitted that.
“More fans were seen during the evening at domestic matches and we’re evaluating it. We will take a call soon. I am strong supporter of Test matches as it helps young players. We will evaluate whether it can be day-night or at small venues etc,” he added.