Pawar and other BCCI members backed Shashank Manohar on ICC changes

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had raised the issue of Manohar’s proposal to roll back the ICC revenue sharing model firmed up in 2014, but Pawar, representing the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), sided with Manohar who said it was unfair that the BCCI was to get 22 percent before the ICC had paid for its expenses.

Reliable sources revealed that the former BCCI and ICC President Sharad Pawar backed Shashank Manohar to the hilt at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) of February 19, 2016, when the matter of distribution of ICC revenue was discussed.   -  Vivek Bendre

There has been a lot of fuss over the proposed change in governance structure at the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the revenue sharing model over an eight-year cycle. But reliable sources revealed that the former BCCI and ICC President Sharad Pawar backed Shashank Manohar to the hilt at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) of February 19, 2016, when the matter of distribution of ICC revenue was discussed.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had raised the issue of Manohar’s proposal to roll back the ICC revenue sharing model firmed up in 2014, but Pawar, representing the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), sided with Manohar who said it was unfair that the BCCI was to get 22 percent before the ICC had paid for its expenses.

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A BCCI official, who was at the SGM, said: “Mr. Pawar said that the Cricket Boards of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe and West Indies have always supported the BCCI’s initiatives and hence these Boards should get enough money to develop cricket in their countries.”

Thereafter an unanimous resolution was adopted stating that the BCCI President and Secretary be authorised to take the ICC revenue sharing model forward in a manner that would not cut much into the BCCI percentage substantially.

Present at the SGM were all the BCCI office-bearers and full member representatives, including Anurag Thakur, Amitabh Chaudhary, Anirudh Chaudhry, P. S. Raman, Suresh Bafna, Brijesh Patel, Ajay Shrike, T. C. Mathew, Arshad Ayub, G. Gangaraju and Niranjan Shah.

Two years ago, the then BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel had told a select group of reporters that the BCCI would initially take 22 per cent of the ICC’s annual revenue, with the others getting a single digit percentage and another four percent after all expenses are paid. Clearly the proposal to change the governance structure and the revenue sharing model, after Manohar became the BCCI’s representative and thereby the ICC Chairman, has been welcomed by almost all full, associate and affiliate members of the ICC.

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The ICC’s next quarterly meeting, shifted out of Mumbai, will take place in Dubai in the first week of February. The ICC’s Working Group has met a few times in the last 12 months to dissect and discuss governance issues and also the modalities of distributing money among its members. It will be up to the ICC Board to take a call on the proposals made by the Working Group. Eventually, the entire proposal will be put before members at the annual conference in June; the consolidated votes of the 10 full members has a 75 per cent weightage as against the associate and affiliates' votes, which has a 25 per cent weightage. Each of the 10 full members has a 7.5 per cent vote weightage.

The Supreme Court has asked the BCCI to propose three names on Friday and that it will pick one among them to attend the ICC Board Meeting in Dubai. It has to be seen if the BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri, who has attended two previous ICC Chief Executive meetings, will attend the same meeting.