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