Shashank Manohar: Ultimately, ICC must aid the weak
Shashank Manohar justifies his opposition to the ICC's Big Three model to BCCI members at Friday's meeting in Mumbai
One expected a revolt-like situation against Shashank Manohar when the International Cricket Council revenue-sharing issue came up at the Special General Meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday.
Manohar was the one who proposed the abolishing of the Big Three system of revenue-sharing when he attended his first meeting as International Cricket Council chairman recently. As per the Big Three model, introduced by N Srinivasan in his time as ICC chairman, India, England and Australia would take away a large chunk of the ICC revenue.
However, when the issue came up for discussion yesterday, Manohar explained the reasoning behind his thinking. According to a source, Manohar told the members that the Big Three model was just a resolution and if other ICC units gang up and discard this resolution, India will get 4.2 per cent share – the same as other ICC units. Currently, India gets around 20 per cent share of the ICC revenue.
Help them grow: A boy from the village of Hanuabada bowls during a game of cricket on February 24, 2012 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Pic/Getty Images
Manohar also stressed yesterday that at the end of the day, the ICC's goal is to promote cricket and if weaker countries need help, stronger units like India must extend a hand. Also, the goal was not just to keep doubling revenues. Everyone, it is learnt, appreciated the view of the president.
A source said: "We are okay with getting a little less revenue, but it will help the sport flourish elsewhere in the world. The BCCI president and Secretary (Anurag Thakur) will ensure that India gets at least 15 per cent of the ICC revenue."
Meanwhile, a BCCI press release stated: "The Members authorised the President and Hon Secretary to discuss the governance and financial restructuring of the ICC subject to such restructuring being incorporated in the constitution of the ICC for permanency." The BCCI members also authorised Manohar and Thakur to appoint an agency to find candidates to fill the posts of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).