How BCCI got other cricket boards to cede more power and money to it

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West Indies was won over with the prom­ise of ex­tra rev­enue from tours from the big three—Aus­tralia, Eng­land and In­dia. Zim­babwe, fi­nan­cially strug­gling, didn’t have a choice but to agree. Bangladesh op­posed the re­vamp ini­tially be­cause the now junked two-tier sys­tem could’ve forced it out of the elite Test club.


New Zealand has al­ways been in BCCI’s camp and was the first to sup­port the re­vamp. It’s set to be re­warded with tours. South Africa tried to bring other boards to­gether as a counter to the big three. But the prospect of los­ing In­dia tours was too much. It’s now set to host IPL ’14 and Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy. Pak­istan was promised a Test se­ries for its vote but Zaka Ashraf de­manded writ­ten as­sur­ance. Miffed, BCCI walked and Ashraf lost his job as PCB chief. Sri Lanka went with South Africa and Pak­istan but when they switched sides, it had to give in.


Aus­tralia, Eng­land, be­ing less de­pen­dent on BCCI’s money, could’ve stopped Srinivasan. But they went along for a big­ger share in ICC’s power-and-cash pie.

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