Oz media tells 'weak' cricket boards to 'blame themselves' instead of Indian might

Sydney, May 12 (ANI): The Australian media echoed former International Cricket Council's (ICC) CEO Haroon Lorgat's words that instead of fearing the might of India, the ICC and its other members should focus on their own weaknesses, adding that good governance is about everybody being able to stand on their own feet.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lorgat said that the dominant Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can get away with anything it does as other boards and even the ICC are reluctant to challenge it.

However, the report said that challenging the BCCI is a task that most of the member boards of the ICC finds distasteful, as the BCCI is responsible for many of the other boards' financial successes with their tours, TV coverage, and most recently the extremely lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

The report cited the example of the 2011 series between Australia and India, which Australia won 4-0, adding that match was a financial bonanza for Cricket Australia, thanks to the flow of Indian television dollars, which led the CA to post a 45.6 million-dollar operating result for 2011-12.

According to the report, after India threatened to quit its tour of Australia at the height of the 'Monkeygate' scandal in 2008, and CA stared at a 60 million-dollar black hole, no one has been brave enough to test India's resolve, adding that countries like Australia are relentlessly focusing on their own Twenty20 tours like the Big Bash League, in the hope that it can boost the price of domestic cricket with international TV coverage, should India back out.

But as Australian Cricketers Association boss Paul Marsh said this week, there must be a tipping point, and the removal of Tim May from the ICC cricket committee amid allegations that captains were coerced into voting against him has dragged cricket ever closer to its doomsday scenario.

The report further said that it remains to be seen whether those with proof of stand-over tactics will be prepared to produce it, adding that until someone is prepared to be strong, the weak will have only themselves to blame, the report added. (ANI)


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