The ICC and BCCI both claim to be independent, but are they really? The ICC board recently approved the revised financial model, which would see India receive $293 million, England $143 million, and Zimbabwe $104 million, and the other full members of the organization receive an equal $132 million. These amounts are far less than the $570 million India had sought. In addition, the board approved other changes that would make it easier for smaller nations to join the ICC, such as the removal of the affiliate level of membership.
The BCCI is the governing body of cricket in India. The board of directors functions in a house near the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, but the organization is based at the BCCI Cricket Centre at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It also oversees player salaries and schedules international tournaments. The BCCI’s current president is Sourav Ganguly. But how much does the ICC really influence Indian cricket?
The BCCI has significant influence over ICC decisions. Since its founding, the ICC had two member-states with veto power – England and Australia. Initially, the ICC changed the rules to reflect the rapid rise of cricket in Asian nations and democratize voting rights. But this attempt has failed due to the BCCI’s dominance. “It’s a matter of politics, not cricket,” Greig said in a 2015 interview with BBC.
The BCCI’s name brand has enormous influence over Indian cricket. Its name and clout have allowed it to maintain cricket’s second place position behind soccer. But with such power comes responsibility. Corruption is rampant in India’s general governance. It has permeated the BCCI’s leadership, too, through widespread nepotism. As a result, a rift has formed between the two boards. Despite the rift, cricket must continue to function harmoniously. In the end, cricket is a game that brings joy to millions of people around the world.
Despite the differences between the two boards, both organisations are generating huge amounts of revenue for the sport. The BCCI ratified the revenue distribution in June 2017, after India threatened to boycott the ICC Champions Trophy if it was not tax-free. The BCCI also paid Star Sports US$23.7 million for broadcasting rights for the T20 World Cup. This means that India is not the richest organization in the world, but they are close to it.
Despite the differences between the two organizations, the BCCI has the power to overrule a controversial umpire’s decision. Its pressure on the ICC has forced the ICC to remove umpires from games that involve India. However, not all decisions are false, and it’s impossible to prove that one is the only one responsible. In fact, it’s likely that the BCCI and ICC are biased towards their respective sides, so there is no way to verify whether they are the same or not.
The ICC and BCCI cannot allow the IPL to continue if the competition is suspended. The absence of one season of the IPL would have resulted in a loss of form for Virat Kohli and the Mumbai Indians would have forced them to shut down. Ultimately, it’s a game about revenue for the BCCI, and the BCCI is desperate to get the games completed.