End of Big 3?
The Indian Cricket Board's hegemony in world cricket today came under severe threat as the richest board was comprehensively voted out on governance structure and revenue model at the ICC Board Meeting in Dubai.
India was checkmated by former BCCI boss Shashank Manohar, who now helms the ICC as its first independent chairman.
The BCCI was thrashed 1-9 when representatives of all other member nations, except India's Amitabh Chaudhary, voted in favour of a change in the governance structure. Their 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 bigger issue was the contentious revenue model, which is set to bring India's share down to half from USD 570 million. Manohar has advocated a more equitable distribution from the earlier 'Big Three' Model where India, Australia and England were the primary earners.
"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 told PTI today.
"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," he added.
It was learnt that since BCCI outright rejected the additional USD 100 million pay-out in revenue, it was once again given the original option of USD 290 million.
BANGLADESH AND ZIMBABWE'S ROLE
A peeved senior official today said that while it was expected that there will be resistance with 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.
The heavy defeat indicates that the COA failed to read the minds of the likes of Nazmul Hassan, David Peever and Haroon Lorgat, all of whom came to India to discuss the changes.
"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]".