New Delhi: In a massive blow to its influence in the International Cricket Council (ICC), the BCCI was today decimated at the global body’s Board Meeting where the majority voted for a change in governance and revenue structures. On the first day of the ICC Board Meeting in Dubai, both the change in governance structure as well as the revamped revenue model were put to a floor test. BCCI lost the vote on ‘governance and constitutional changes’ by a 1-9 margin while the revenue model, which was the bigger bone of contention, saw India getting walloped by a 2-8 margin. The only country that voted alongside BCCI was Sri Lanka. READ: BCCI insist on its Big-Three share; Shashank Manohar’s counter-offer includes another $100 million
“Yes, the votings are over. It was 8-2 in favour of revamped revenue model and 9-1 in favour of constitutional changes,” a senior BCCI functionary present in Dubai told PTI today. “The BCCI has voted against both as we had, in principle, maintained that all these changes are completely unacceptable for us. At this point, we can only say that all options are open for us. We would have to go back to our SGM and apprise the members of the situation,” he added.
It was learnt that since BCCI outrightly rejected the additional USD 100 million pay-out in revenue, it was once again given the original option of USD 290 million which is a USD 280 million cut from the USD 570 million India had been getting till last year. READ: BCCI miss ICC deadline to announce India squad for Champions Trophy 2017
BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhury, who is also known as a loyalist to the former BCCI President N Srinivasan, is representing the Indian cricket board in its meetings with the ICC this week in Dubai. The ICC wants to put a new constitution in place for that to happen, it will need BCCI’s nod to the new financial model which is important to the governance changes which have already been agreed upon. The BCCI, on its part, wants to defer these changes at least till the end of June 2017.