BCCI’s Revenue Share on Track for Approval Despite Pakistan’s Opposition

The BCCI’s share of USD 230 million from the ICC’s annual revenue is expected to receive approval during the global body’s annual board meeting in Durban. The meeting will also address important topics such as the future of ODIs and capping player participation in T20 leagues. Additionally, updates on the preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup in the West Indies and United States next year will be provided.

Revenue Model:

One of the key agenda items is the revenue distribution model. While some concerns were raised by Pakistan regarding India receiving 38.5 percent (USD 230 million annually) out of the ICC’s annual revenue of USD 600 million for the period between 2024-2027, it is anticipated that the board will approve it without major objections. The Financial & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee will provide the approval, with the remaining process being a formality at the Board of Directors meeting.

Fair Distribution:

The distribution of revenue may appear disproportionate when viewed solely in percentages, with India receiving 38.5 percent, ECB receiving 6.89 percent, and Cricket Australia receiving 6.25 percent. However, the quantum of revenue should be considered. Each member association will receive a significantly higher amount compared to the previous eight years. For instance, ECB’s share will increase from USD 16 million to USD 41 million, and the associate nations’ allocation will rise from USD 22 million to USD 67 million. The percentages are calculated based on contributions to the game through rankings, performance at ICC events, and commercial factors such as media rights revenues and viewership.

Future of Bilateral ODIs:

The future of bilateral ODI series appears uncertain as member nations discuss the five-year calendar between 2028-32. While marquee ICC events continue to draw crowds, the popularity of bilateral ODIs has diminished. The focus is shifting towards big-ticket Test series and T20 matches due to the rise of T20 cricket and frequent global tournaments. Broadcasters also prefer these formats. Member nations need to deliberate on the importance of bilateral ODIs.

Restrictions on T20 League Participation:

Concerns have been raised about the growing number of franchise-based T20 leagues worldwide. The possibility of imposing limits on player participation in multiple leagues will be discussed. While the BCCI already prohibits its current players from participating in leagues other than the IPL, other boards face challenges in implementing such restrictions. The BCCI’s power extends to retired players as well, with plans to introduce cooling-off periods for their participation abroad. However, it may be difficult for boards like England, Australia, and New Zealand to prevent specialist T20 players from retiring. Maintaining the status quo seems likely, as discussions about players’ legal rights to earn come into play.

Meeting Schedule:

  • Monday: Meeting with associate member nations
  • Tuesday: Chief Executives Meeting
  • Wednesday: Financial & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) Meeting
  • Thursday: Board of Directors Meeting and AGM
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