Many Affiliate member boards concern the proposed new worldwide revenue-distribution mannequin, which closely favours the sport’s superpowers, may doubtlessly stall the expansion of the sport. The ICC has proposed a brand new revenue-sharing mannequin for the 2024-27 cycle to be voted on at its July board assembly in Durban.
Sumod Damodar, vice-chairman of Botswana’s board and one of many three Affiliate member representatives on the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee, mentioned the proposal wouldn’t meet the wants of Affiliate members.
“If what’s being proposed and mentioned is prone to be the result then, as an Affiliate member consultant, I might be [disappointed],” he informed Reuters. “There are quite a few sensible the explanation why it could be insufficient for Affiliate members.”
Damodar mentioned Affiliate members who’ve earned ODI standing want extra money to maintain their high-performance programmes, whereas the others want money to bridge the hole. Citing the speedy rise of Nepal in males’s cricket and Thailand within the ladies’s sport, Damodar mentioned extra international locations would step up in the event that they got the required monetary assist.
Vanuatu Cricket Affiliation chief govt Tim Cutler mentioned the proposed mannequin would solely intensify the inequality between cricket’s haves and have-nots.
“The brand new mannequin is now much more closely weighted in the direction of the larger cricketing nations, and there’s a danger that the proposed modifications will exacerbate this imbalance, placing the way forward for the sport at additional danger,” Cutler informed Reuters. “The unhappy actuality is cricket is not going to develop past its present corners of the world… if the allocation of the sport’s international funds aren’t extra equally allotted with a view to truly rising the sport.”
With Full Members having 12 of the 17 whole votes on the ICC board, Cutler mentioned diverting funds away from themselves – or making unbiased choices for the nice of the sport – can be like “turkeys voting for Christmas”.
The ICC didn’t reply to a request for remark when requested in regards to the considerations of the Affiliate members.
Over-dependence on India an enormous danger – former PCB chairman
“One of many largest dangers for international cricket is its over-dependence on one nation – India – for a significant a part of the revenues generated,” the previous PCB chairman informed Reuters. “Nations just like the USA and the Center East and, in long run, China would deliver huge advantages to the ICC, its members and the worldwide sport. World cricket can be stronger and richer for it.”
For Mani, India grabbing the lion’s share of ICC revenues “is unnecessary”, and he advocated equal shares for all Full Members.
“World cricket wants a robust West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan,” he additional mentioned. “Cricket in Zimbabwe has suffered as a consequence of lack of funds, as have Eire and Afghanistan. Lack of funding in a few of these international locations will make the sport unsustainable, and world cricket will probably be poorer for it.”