ICC Proposal For Extra Global Event Gets Denied By BCCI, ACB And ECB
The amount of cricketing being played each year continues to increase and puts a very stressful load on all players. This is especially true for the top players in the world who tend to play all three formats of the game (Test cricket, one day internationals and T20 cricket).
You add to this hectic cricketing schedule the domestic T20 leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League (BBL) and the other smaller T20 leagues like the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and you literally get non-stop cricketing action throughout the year.
ICC Proposes Additional Global Tournament
The International Cricket Council (ICC), which is the governing body for World Cricket, proposed to add yet another global tournament to the next rights cycle. That cycle takes place from 2023 to 2031. The ICC wants a total of eight global tournaments to be played during the new rights cycle season.
More cricket will result in more funds coming in for the ICC and ICC member nations. Another global competition will also help promote the game even further. However, three of the top cricketing boards are opposed to the idea of adding an eighth global event. They feel it will cause more damage than good due to excessive cricket being played.
BCCI First To Oppose ICC Proposal
This proposal to add an eighth global tournament by the ICC was floated a long time ago. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wasted no time in letting the ICC know that they were not in favour of the new proposal. The BCCI CEO at the time, Rahul Johri, said the proposal was too premature.
The BCCI administration was in the process of changing. So, the ICC did not push it too much. They decided to wait to see how things would turn out. The new BCCI administration is also not in favour of the ICC’s proposal. They admit that they are not impressed with the ICC’s new business model, governance structure and future tours programme.
The BCCI treasurer has stated that if they were pushed to sign the MPA (Members Participation Agreement), then the BCCI would have to decline and back out.
ECB and ACB Also Voice Concern
The BCCI is the most powerful cricketing board in the world. Right behind them is the English Cricket Board (ECB) ,and the Australian Cricket Board (ACB). The ACB and the ECB have also voiced their concerns over the ICC’s proposal to add another global event to the new rights cycle.
The ECB released a statement saying that they oppose the additional global event because it would impact the finance model of the ECB. It would also hurt bilateral cricket for all ICC members.
The ECB pointed out that the newly launched World Test Championships could also be devalued if an additional global event is added. Any more global events would significant damage all ICC World Championship events and hurt Test cricket.
Player welfare was high up on the ECB’s list of priorities. Agreeing to another global event would jeopardize player welfare as it would not give them sufficient time to rest, recover and be at their best. The ACB has voiced similar concerns and has backed the stance taken by the BCCI and ECB.
ICC Must Have Further Discussions
The ICC is yet to finalize things. Its working committee is still in the process of finishing its report for the new calendar. The ECB has urged the ICC to get the report completed. Then, have detailed discussions with the working committee and finalize a schedule. This schedule has to have the best interests of the game and players in mind.
ECB Chairman Colin Graves said they were willing to work together with the ICC and find better ways to promote the game globally and increase commercial returns. However, it has to come without compromising bilateral cricket and increasing global ICC events.