India not having a “say” within the Worldwide Cricket Council is a serious concern for newly-appointed BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal, who has questioned the very relevance of the world physique if it doesn’t have the nation in a distinguished position.
Talking to PTI after taking cost below new President — the legendary Sourav Ganguly, Dhumal spoke about his quick priorities, which embody growing the Board’s income although the BCCI stays the richest physique in worldwide cricket.
“May we’ve got ever imagined that BCCI won’t have a say in ICC’s roadmap? It was by no means imagined. What’s ICC with out BCCI?” requested Dhumal referring to India’s absence from the ICC’s newly-created working group to chalk out a contemporary governance mannequin for the physique.
He additionally made it clear that BCCI will not be on board with the ICC so far as the Future Excursions Programme (FTP) for the 2023-2031 cycle is worried.
The brand new proposal requires a World T20 yearly and an ODI World Cup each three years, which is being perceived as ICC’s plan to enter the worldwide media rights marketplace for the 2023-2028 interval earlier than the BCCI and seize a lion’s share of income from potential broadcasters resembling Star Sports activities.
“We aren’t agreeable to the brand new proposal of the ICC close to improve of tournaments,” he mentioned.
Dhumal mentioned slicing down on pointless expenditure could be excessive on his priorities. He would look to make use of that cash to enhance the monetary place of first-class cricketers.
Dhumal, brother of former BCCI President Anurag Thakur, is “stunned” on the amount of cash that has gone into masking authorized bills. Since 2017, the Board was being managed by a Supreme Court docket-appointed Committee of Directors, which demitted workplace on Wednesday.
“My aim is to extend the BCCI income as what has occurred now’s that revenues are secure however bills have gone up. Administrative and authorized bills should be checked,” Dhumal mentioned.
“There are few different points that we have to deal with together with the tax liabilities and points with the previous IPL franchises additionally should be addressed,” Dhumal mentioned.
He echoed Ganguly’s sentiment that first-class cricketers should be taken care of.
“We have to improve the income in order that it might probably profit first-class cricketers as we’d be capable of distribute the quantity amongst them. As a result of they’re required to be taken care of,” he mentioned.
Whereas they haven’t selected any quantity, Dhumal is assured the BCCI can have a determine in place as soon as there’s a assembly of the senior Board members and the Apex Council.
“We have to sit with the president and different senior members of Apex Council and resolve on an quantity. However it should depend upon the quantum of improve in revenues as we’ve got to examine how a lot we’re incomes from the bilateral and different ICC tournaments,” he mentioned.
“Undoubtedly, the authorized bills have shot up in previous few years. Not solely me, however all of the members are stunned with the type of bills incurred. This must be checked and we will certainly do it.”