The CEO of Cricket West Indies has raised important questions about the governance of the sport
Cricket West Indies CEO has called the revenue system broken | Courtesy-ICC
Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave said the big three in world cricket, including India, England and Australia, should do more to save smaller Test playing teams and the revenue-sharing model The ICC’s current status is “completely broken”.
India is the engine of the game accounting for nearly 40% of the ICC’s annual net income, followed by England and Australia, which receive a small share.
Grave was quoted as saying: “The revenue sharing model is completely broken. If we truly want to operate as a cricketing community, we are only as strong as the weakest team and we have to change our mindset about bilateral cricket”. by ESPNcricinfo.
Currently, players of teams like South Africa and West Indies are having to prioritize their cricket franchises over their international commitments.
South Africa recently announced their third squad for their test tour of New Zealand and the West Indies were also forced to drop senior players such as Jason Holder for the tour of Australia which begins on Wednesday.
Back in 2018, Cricket West Indies proposed a limit on the number of foreign players in T20 tournaments and a fee for their respective boards and the ICC agreed to it. However, those suggestions do not apply to tournaments like ILT20, which started last year and attracted a host of international stars in its second edition.
“If those regulations are in place, ILT20 is unlikely to have a huge impact on bilateral international cricket in January as it will not have many international players, so there will be no broadcast revenue .” and probably wouldn’t offer the players the kind of money they’re offering,” Grave said.
“And so South Africa won’t necessarily be competing and investing as much in their international talent for SA20 at the same time.”
Grave also highlighted Cricket West Indies’ large expenditure on air travel.
“We took a women’s team there (Australia) and we won the T20I against all odds and the match fees and international air flights cost us three-quarters of a million la.
“We have a Test team there, an ODI team and a T20I team, which will cost us millions more in match fees and air tickets. We spend a lot of money on air tickets fly more than anyone else in the world.
“In percentage terms, we will spend more than anyone on red-ball cricket, so I would reject any narrative that the West Indies are not interested in test cricket.
“Hopefully the series in South Africa has awakened the Australian media to the realities of what running Test cricket will be like and unless the board changes its economic model, I don’t think Test cricket will thrive outside the Big Three,” Grave said.