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Outvoted in crucial ICC meet, BCCI may pull out of Champions Trophy

The BCCI was today out-voted on new governance structure and revenue model at the ICC Board Meeting in Dubai.

India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [Updated:27 Apr 2017, 8:45 AM IST]
BCCI checkmated by Shashank Manohar at ICC meet; loses
BCCI checkmated by Shashank Manohar at ICC meet; loses revenue, governance votes

In a huge blow to its influence in the affairs of International Cricket Council, the BCCI was today comprehensively out-voted on governance structure and revenue model at the ICC Board Meeting in Dubai.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India or BCCI, the richest cricket board, was decimated at the global body meeting where the majority voted for a change in governance and revenue structures, which would cause a huge loss to the Indian Cricket Board's hegemony in world cricket. 

India was checkmated by former BCCI boss Shashank Manohar, who now helms the ICC as its first independent Chairman. 

The ICC's proposal of a change in the governance structure was passed with 9-1, with all other member nations, except India's Amitabh Chaudhary, voting in its favour.

BCCI's opposition to change of the revenue model was also rejected 8-2 by the ICC board with Chaudhary only finding support from Sri Lanka Cricket's Thilanga Sumathipala.

The BCCI were opposing changes on two counts -- ICC's Governance model, which required a change in its constitution with review of full membership, and a two-tier Test structure. 

Meanwhile, India have missed the April 25 deadline to submit their Champions Trophy squad to the ICC. The other seven countries, on the other hand, have all announced their squads.

According to a BCCI official, the delay was inevitable. With the BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhury and CEO Rahul Johri attending the ICC meetings this week, and captain Virat Kohli playing the IPL, all concerned parties couldn't be in one place at the same time to pick the squad.

The delay is being seen as a message from the BCCI to the ICC that it can still withdraw from the Champions Trophy should its demand to retain its share of revenue not be met.

India's revenue share to come down to half from USD 570 million

The bigger issue was the contentious revenue model, which is set to bring India's share down to half from USD 570 million (Rs 3,650 crore). 

Manohar has advocated a more equitable distribution from the earlier 'Big Three' Model where India, Australia and England received the lion’s share of cricket earnings. 

"Yes, the voting is over. It was 8-2 in favour of revamped revenue model and 9-1 in favour of constitutional changes," a senior BCCI functionary present in Dubai was quoted as saying by the PTI. 

"The BCCI has voted against both as we had, in principle, maintained that all these changes are completely unacceptable for us. At this point, we can only say that all options are open for us. We would have to go back to our SGM and apprise the members of the situation," he added. 

It was learnt that since BCCI outrightly rejected the additional USD 100 million pay-out in revenue, it was once again given the original option of USD 290 million which is a USD 280 million cut from the USD 570 million India had been getting till last year.

A peeved senior official today said that while it was expected that there will be resistance with current BCCI dispensation's bete noire Manohar at the helm, they were taken by surprise when Zimbabwe and Bangladesh -- the two votes that BCCI thought of as assured -- never came their way. 

"Zimbabwe have been promised USD 19 million by the ICC. On what grounds has Manohar made this promise? But strangely Bangladesh also went the other way. Today at the meeting, Manohar, in fact, said that the USD 290 million is a 'take it or leave it' offer," the fuming BCCI official said. 

"Now at the SGM, there were only two resolutions passed. Our representative had two mandates. Propose for deferment of the decision which was rejected. And the next option was voting against during a floor Test. 

"Our aim was to protect India's interest. Our tone was extremely conciliatory at the meeting for the best interest of the game. But what was shocking was Mr Manohar's stance," the official claimed. 

'All options are open'

Asked about whether India will now withdraw from the Champions Trophy, the official said, "All options are open. They have basically disrespected the Members' Participation Agreement that was earlier signed. 

"As of now the joint secretary will go back and an emergent SGM will be called. He will then apprise the General Body about the developments and an appropriate decision will be taken." 

The official said that BCCI still does not consider it as a setback as it is "the vendetta of one man (Manohar)".

"The ICC is yet to tell us what is the basis on which a nation like Singapore stands to gain more. What exactly are the grounds? Can they explain how are they trying to cut down the Operational Costs of ICC which is USD 160 million?" he questioned. 

Embarrassment for SC-appointed Committee of Administrators 

It is also a sort of embarrassment for the Committee of Administrators (COA) as it was dealing with a lot of member nations and was extremely confident of pulling it in India's favour. 

The heavy defeat indicates that the COA failed to read the minds of the likes of Nazmul Hasan Papon, David Peever, Haroon Lorgat, all of whom came to India to discuss the changes. 

(With PTI inputs)

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