Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, sports events the world over have taken a drubbing over the last month and so. The Virus has also cancelled all the cricket action for now. From India-SA series to Sri Lanka tour of England to upcoming IPL, everything has either been cancelled or postponed till the situation becomes favourable to resume the cricket again.
With back-to-back big-ticket events being hampered and postponed indefinitely, the big three, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia, have reportedly asked the Apex body to do away with the some of the proposed FTP’s like form of Test Championship and One-day International league.
The three boards, led by ECB have also advised the Apex body to assess the conditions and to ‘revisit’ the Future Tours Program draft. According to The Times of India, the developments took place some two weeks ago between the ICC and its board members by teleconference.
“This is an ongoing discussion right now. There’s absolutely no leadership coming out of the ICC whatsoever,” a leading administrator told the news outlet.
The letter’s written by the boards could also be seen from the monetary point of view, as the big three – BCCI, CA and ECB collect their most of the revenue from the bilateral series only. With a larger number of ICC tournaments along with IPL and other leagues around, the Big-Three will find it difficult to manage the time window for bilateral series.
The apex body of the game wants to host a flagship tournament every year in the next rights cycle. At a time, when the pandemic has already cost the board members a lot, if ICC goes ahead with its flagship tournaments, it will eat up all the bilateral series and with that the revenue generation of its board members.
Currently, after the reservations from its board members, ICC is “exploring all options” to ensure that everything goes as planned with not much hara-kiri. The Upcoming year holds a great significance in the ICC calendar as two measure tournaments are scheduled in the form of Test championship and World T20 in India. On the other hand, the One-Day International League was added by the ICC for upcoming 2023 – 2031 cycle.