It’s all about money, and the means to control it. BCCI is trying to make sure ICL is ground into the dust, and it looks like they will succeed too. BCCI will not look after cricket’s interest, but only its own coffers. Isn’t it time everyone else spoke up?
BCCI insists all Boards must ban players who take part in the ICL. What happens if the respective Boards don’t follow this dictat? After all, their own interests are not being hurt. Some of their cricketers are finding an opportunity to play for good money, even better than what they make while playing for their country. The schedules don’t interfere with anyone’s national duties, the ICL contracts are designed that way. So as far as other cricket Boards are concerned, there is nothing about ICL that they should be concerned about.
So, what if they don’t follow BCCI’s dictat? Either, BCCI will refuse to play matches where the opposition has players involved with the ICL, or, they will demand compensation money. What happens if the other Boards refuse such propositions? Cricket between India and other countries will suffer. If that happens, who suffers the most? The other cricket boards will lose one series out of 9 versus test playing nations; India will lose all its cricket.
India is the powerhouse of International Cricket, but that is only because there are Indian companies that invest in cricket. In the present scenario we are not looking at a global competition where the absence of Indian sponsors will undermine the finances of World Cricket: the next World Cup is three years away. Indian companies are not much bothered about tournaments involving other countries, so while India loses all its cricket, the rest of the world’s cricket can continue merrily, until the Champions’ Trophy or the World Cup comes along.
Does anyone really think the BCCI will give up so much of its source of income for the sake of a few players?
It’s time someone talked some sense; it’s time someone called BCCI’s bluff.