Sourav Ganguly aiming to rectify BCCI's reduced share in ICC's revenue model in new role

Sudhir Gupta 11:39 15/10/2019
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Ganguly filed his nomination for BCCI president on Monday.

Sourav Ganguly plans to have a fresh look at the revenue share the BCCI currently receives from the ICC after being picked as the unanimous choice for the Indian cricket board’s next president.

Speaking publicly for the first time since filing his nomination for the post on Monday, Ganguly pointed to BCCI’s reduced revenue share in the reworked ICC model of 2017 as one of his top priorities in his new role.

“That’s one area, we will have to take care of it because we have not received any money in the last three-four years from the ICC,” the former India skipper stated.

“Money in the sense what you deserve because India generates 75-80 per cent of the global revenue, so that is going to be one of the big agendas. Talks and discussions need to happen and we need to find a solution because this is not leading anywhere,” Ganguly added.

BCCI used to previously receive approximately 17 per cent of the total ICC revenue but that number was brought down to about 12 per cent in the model that was adopted in 2017.

Ganguly’s tenure at the helm of the BCCI will be a short one with the former India captain needing to step down from his role in September, 2020 to serve a three-year cooling off period.

Despite the short length of his stint, Ganguly hopes to make major changes for the board and that includes a revamp of its image which has taken a hit in the last three years.

“We have a lot of things to do. To get the administration in order because administration involves a lot of things, to get the house in order, to get the office in order, and most importantly cricket,” the 47-year-old said.

“It’s a very important time in Indian cricket administration because of what all has happened in the last three years.

“To be in a position where I can make a difference along with the administration team would be extremely satisfying so hopefully, in the next few months, we can put everything in place and bring back normalcy in Indian cricket.”

Ganguly was not initially the frontrunner for the BCCI top job with Brijesh Patel being the reported favourite for the president’s role. However, a dramatic turn of events over the past weekend has seen the highly respected former India skipper become the unanimous choice for the post with his election expected to pass through unopposed.

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