Former PCB chairman says rising India’s share of ICC earnings makes ‘no sense’


Former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani addresses a press convention. — AFP/File

Former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani is anxious about worldwide cricket’s well being following revelations that India would obtain a big share from the Worldwide Cricket Council’s (ICC) media rights deal for 2024-27, which is price $three billion.

The Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to obtain 38.5% of the web surplus earnings from the ICC which is far larger in comparison with its 22% share within the present 2015-23 deal, based on ESPNcricinfo.

“The (proposed income distribution mannequin) might be giving probably the most cash to the nation that wants it the least, which is senseless,” Mani, who was ICC president from 2003-06 and stepped down from the Pakistan Cricket Board in 2021, advised Forbes in an unique interview.

“I feel it is very unlucky. There isn’t any strategic fascinated with the event of the worldwide sport. There isn’t any imaginative and prescient.”

Mani additionally acknowledged that cricket ought to develop past its conventional base somewhat than simply counting on India.

“It solely takes one downturn in an financial cycle for the ICC members to be affected. There may be far an excessive amount of reliance on India,” he stated.

“If the ICC needs a really world sport and diversify its monetary reliance, the nation to develop is the US I might have put $20-30 million into the US You additionally must develop the sport in Africa, that is the longer term.

“I feel the worldwide sport (Associates) ought to have been allotted no less than 30% (as an alternative of 11%). That is the one approach to globalise the sport.”

Mani additionally known as for monetary parity among the many 12 full members of the ICC somewhat than giving the lion’s share to India.

“You must give international locations sufficient sources to not solely develop their gamers however to pay them a good quantity, particularly with the IPL and different T20 leagues focusing on gamers,” he stated.

“The Indian market brings in some huge cash…it isn’t the BCCI (India’s governing physique). There are advantages to the Indian corporations to promote within the ICC occasions and worldwide. India will not be enjoying on their very own, they’re enjoying in opposition to different members. It is a two-way road.”

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