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West Indies endorse change, say its revenue will double

The West Indies Cricket Board became the first nation outside the big-three to officially endorse the 'position paper'.

Mumbai |
Updated: January 30, 2014 11:36:03 am

Amidst the many voices questioning the legitimacy of the ‘unanimous support’ believed to have been offered to the BCCI-led draft proposal, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) became the first nation outside the big-three to officially endorse the ‘position paper’ on Wednesday.

The Caribbean board in fact have even ascertained that siding with the proposed coalition that plans to take over cricket administration could be greatly beneficial to their own interests.

Top of the list of benefits that they expect to reap if the ‘key principles’ of the draft proposal are accepted is a projected ‘100 per cent’ increase in their revenue over the next eight years.  The other perks range from getting to play and host the higher-ranked teams in international cricket on a more regular basis and ‘no inflexible obligations to host tours during the height of the hurricane season’.

The WICB’s backing also comes as a major boost to the BCCI, ECB and CA as they look to gain more numbers on their side prior to the February 8 follow-up ICC meeting where the draft proposal will come for vote. They have also come out with overwhelming support for the new revenue-sharing system, the ‘contribution cost’ model, even if it means a major chunk of the ICC’s overall earnings going India’s way.

“Based on new proposed system of ICC revenue sharing for the upcoming eight year cycle (2015-2023) WICB projects to receive at least 100% increase on the previous eight year cycle (2006-2014),” said the press release. They also felt that the proposed Test Match Fund would provide the WICB with a ‘financial buffer when it came to hosting unprofitable teams’.

Commercial sense

At the same time, with the FTP to be diluted and bilateral arrangements set to take precedent, the West Indians also expect an increase in the number of more ‘commercially viable’ matches against the likes of India, Australia and England both home and away.

More so since the big three have already committed, according to the release, to make more trips to the Caribbean, in addition to the prevailing FTP schedules, over the next eight years. The WICB believes that the new revenue model will help them expand the game itself across the islands right from the developmental stage.

The WICB have also claimed that the West Indies didn’t expect to be harmed in any way by the suggestion of a two-tier Test system despite occupying a lowly seventh spot in the Test rankings.

The release also contains the present ICC Test Rankings Table with an explanation for why Darren Sammy’s team wasn’t quite in the relegation zone and hence not in ‘imminent danger of losing Test status or being relegated’, especially since Zimbabwe at ninth position remain 30 points adrift.

In line for big posts

Even in terms of governance, where the draft proposal calls for the BCCI to take a central leadership role, the WICB insists on not feeling threatened as its representatives still remain eligible to be elected for the high-profile posts within the ICC.

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