Why did ICC leave out BCCI in new working group?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has formed a new working group. However, the most interesting part is that this group doesn't have a representative from the richest cricket board, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This comes amidst an ongoing feud between the two over the new revenue model, as the ICC wants to move away from the 'Big Three' model.
What is the 'Big Three' model?
As of now, the ICC has been following the 'Big Three' structure to distribute its revenues, where the BCCI, along with Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) receive most of the revenue generated. As expected, this model impacted the revenues of other associations and members, which made it difficult for them to run the sport.
ICC wants to move away from the 'Big Three'
As per a report by Republic TV, the ICC is aiming to get more independent directors to do away with the 'Big Three' model. The newly formed group consists of CA's Chairman Earl Eddings, PCB's Chairman Ehsan Mani, New Zealand Cricket Chairman Greg Barclay, Cricket South Africa President Chris Nenzani, Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt and Cricket Scotland Chairman Tony Brian.
ICC aims for more tournaments going forward
Earlier this month, ICC decided in a meeting that going forward, there would be more World T20 tournaments, along with a World Cup every three years. However, the BCCI objected to the move, citing it could affect their media earnings, besides leading to player burnouts.
BCCI begins new chapter with new President
Meanwhile, the BCCI has begun a new chapter following the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as its new president. Ganguly officially took over the charge of the helm on Wednesday, as he looks to serve his best in the next 10 months of his tenure.
Discussing revenue model with ICC one of Ganguly's prime agendas
Prior to the election, Ganguly stated that one of his prime agendas would be to discuss the revenue structure with the International Cricket Council (ICC). "India generates 70-80 percent of the revenue. So, that's going to be one of the agendas. Talks and discussions need to happen and we have to find a solution to this, as this is not leading anywhere," he said.