New Delhi: The BCCI has turned down a request from Cricket Ireland to play a couple of One-day Internationals in that country during the India’s tour of England in June-September.
Officially, the BCCI has cited the Indian team’s choc-a-bloc itinerary and the players’ tiredness as the England tour is scheduled after the IPL and before the Champions League T20.
Cricket Ireland had requested the BCCI for a slot before or after the 46-day England tour (June 23-September 8). But the BCCI gave the same reason — tight schedule and players’ fatigue – to decline the request.
However, a top source in the BCCI said that while the official reason is partly justified, commerce is the real reason. “Since Cricket Ireland’s – and also Scotland’s — TV rights are held by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), almost all the revenue from India’s visit would have gone to the ECB [and only a part of it to Cricket Ireland], the BCCI would have got nothing from the trip,” the source told Mail Today.
“So what’s the point in having the team tour Ireland when the Board gets nothing, though we did not seek any share from either the ECB or Cricket Ireland. Instead, why not give some rest to the players,” he explained.
However, the schedule of the IPL has not been finalised because the tournament is set to clash with India’s general elections, likely to take place in April-May.
The BCCI has earmarked April 9-June 3 period for the IPL, part of which might be held abroad due to the clash with the elections.
IPL will be held immediately after the World T20 in Bangladesh (March 16-April 6). The Champions League T20 schedule, too, hasn’t been finalised. The tournament is usually held in September and that’s the period earmarked on the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP) 2012-2020 calendar, though BCCI is not a signatory to the FTP. Evidently, the Indian team’s schedule is packed. But one or two ODIs could have been slotted either before or after the England tour. After all, no player officially complains about excess workload.
No Cricket Ireland official was available for the comment, but an ECB source confirmed that a request from that country was sent to the BCCI, saying both Ireland and Scotland usually request all the teams touring England every year to also play in their countries. “I believe that the IPL was the sticking point at the front end of the tour, as was the Champions League T20 at the tail-end of the tour. I guess the guys have to rest sometimes,” the source told MAIL TODAY.
He also explained the commercial arrangement between the ECB, Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland. “Cricket Ireland retains all of its commercial revenues — sponsorship and match-related revenue, like ticketing, hospitality and catering etc.,” said the source.
“ECB owns Ireland’s and Scotland’s TV rights — to ensure harmony in the UK broadcast territory — and, in return, the ECB pays a sum of money [to Ireland and Scotland] per year. England visits Ireland/ Scotland every year, and they get access to certain ECB competitions. Since they don’t get enough ODIs/T20 Internationals to sell to a broadcaster, the ECB deal is the only one on the table!” he said.
“Obviously, it would have been great if India had visited Ireland, because the venue could have been sold out — India would be a big draw card in Ireland — as well as the TV signal to India. Perhaps next time!”
Interestingly, Cricket Ireland recently supported the BCCI-led drastic overhaul of the ICC and its CEO Warren Deutrom had hoped to host the Indian team in “not-to-distant future”. India have played a solitary ODI in Ireland, in 2007, and only two overall. India won both the games.
BCCI's greed to the fore again as it says no to ODIs in Ireland
Officially, the BCCI told Cricket Ireland that the team couldn’t make it due to its tight schedule; but commerce is real reason for declining the request.By Qaiser Mohammed Ali | Mail Today – Thu 27 Feb, 2014 12:11 PM IST
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