Cricketing actions have come to a standstill, the future of IPL is uncertain and same is the case with T20 World Cup in Australia. BCCI and Cricket Australia are trying hard to save the blockbuster clash between India and Australia at the end of this year.
Various permutation and combinations are being worked out to bring back the sport on its feet. BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal was talking about the same recently, he talked in brief about the different aspects of the game in post-Covid era. He signalled that bilateral series’ will play a major role in helping different boards regain their plundered financial loses.
Dhumal said bilateral series’ will be important for the ICC as well because it’s the combination of these boards which has formed it.
“Yes, easily that adds more money to any cricket board. That is why priority is everyone comes on board and finds out what is best. If individual cricket boards survive then only ICC survives, isn’t it? It’s not that ICC on its own can survive and feed all the cricket boards. If all of us are back to our feet, then only we’ll be able to help each other. I think that’ll be the endeavour of everyone associated with the game, that to revive world cricket it is very important that all the boards are in a healthy financial position,” Arun Dhumal told Cricbuzz in an interview.
It also hasn’t been a hidden fact that BCCI is the richest cricketing body in the world. The arrival of IPL has further cemented BCCI’s financial status in world cricket. The coronavirus crisis has seen boards like Cricket Australia struggling with their finances. The BCCI treasurer doesn’t see this as an opportunity to corner the other boards to regain the larger pie in the ICC revenue sharing model. Dhumal said cricket will survive only when the competition between the nations are stiff.
“No, we don’t look at it that way that we are financially stronger so we should have the bigger share of the pie. That is not our consideration. If cricket has to survive, we need more competitive cricket. In case one or two countries keep on winning all tournaments, then we’ll lose interest in the game.”
“If Afghanistan defeats Pakistan or Bangladesh comes and defeats India that is the kind of cricket one would want to have. Yes, we are strong, but we are strong to help everyone. We want to work with everyone so that all of us can come across as partners to look after each other in such a crisis situation,” Dhumal said.
While the coronavirus pandemic has led to an overall loss for international cricket, speculations are riff that women’s cricket will take most of the brunt. The beginning of the year saw women’s cricket taking big strides. More than 80,000 people gathered to witness the Women’s T20 World Cup final between India and Australia. The pandemic has derailed the momentum. The Hundred also got postponed recently. Dhumal calls these events unfortunate for women’s cricket.
“Ideally, we work for everyone – women’s cricket, India A and under-19. But given the situation, we’ll see what is the best way forward for everyone to become stronger, so that everyone is given due share – be it in terms of opportunities or in terms of game revenue. Ideally, we want women’s cricket to flourish and we will plan for that because that is also gaining ground. Unfortunately, it (the pandemic) has come at a time when women’s cricket was also gaining lot of interest across the globe. Unfortunately, this has happened. But we will consider everyone. Everyone will feel the heat, but we’ll want everyone to get equal opportunities,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said.