Cricket, money, power… and ICL

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.

3 thoughts on “Cricket, money, power… and ICL

  1. Indian companies will not sponsor other countries’ cricket. They are the ones who pay all the money. If they withdraw from cricket, other countries will lose most of their income as well. That’s why other countries cannot oppose BCCI.
    BCCI is not worried about getting isolated. Just look at ICL. Essentially a castigated domestic tournament, it would have made a profit(maybe it still will), so a BCCI sanctioned event involving only Indian players and rebel foreigners would still be a lucrative proposition (ala ICL).

  2. I don’t think Indian companies invest so much in cricket involving other nations so much, do they? It’s always the ‘Vodafone’ series in England, and the ‘Castle Lager’ series in South Africa, for instance.

    And in fact, Indian companies will not stop their investments in cricket involving other nations, because really, their interest is in the Indian population watching cricket, right? Indians will always watch cricket that they are interested in. Whatever fraction of the populations watched cricket involving other nations, will continue to do so…

    Will world cricket really take a major blow?

  3. Nobody will point out BCCI’s bluff now in this situation with the creation of IPL. It was a well fabricated tactic of BCCI to ruin ICL by establishing IPL, involving rich industrialists and entertainment stars. And this tactic have been successful a as most of the cricket frenzies and fans and viewers have not only got attracted but also hooked to this uprising glamorous cricket.
    Adding to the list, the policy of the advertisers and sponserers is only to sought for profit. Hence they will only endorse and sponser that league which will help to create profit, and in this case it is clearly understood that IPL is more beneficial for them than ICL.
    So in what way it is possible for ICL to outshine IPL? And how could we really point out BCCI’s bluff when not only the cricket fans but also our economy is supporting it ???

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