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BCCI to discuss bid for lion’s share of ICC pie

Calcutta/New Delhi: The emergent working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to be held in Chennai on Thursday, will discuss its bid to push for a lion’s share of the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s earnings at the parent body’s executive board meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29.

Another issue that might just come up for discussion is proposing the BCCI president Narayanswamy Srinivasan’s name as the first chairman of the ICC. His name, however, has to be cleared by the governing body.

“The meeting has been summoned to apprise and get the working committee’s nod for pushing the BCCI’s case of getting more revenue from ICC’s earnings, as bulk of it is generated by the BCCI,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said.

[The Telegraph had reported in February 2012 that close watchers of the ICC were convinced Srinivasan would become its first chairman after the restructuring was complete, in 2014. The chairman was going to run the show and the president would only have an ambassadorial role, that too for no more than a year, the report had stated. The chairman’s term might be for three-four years.]

Srinivasan, last year, had met Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards to discuss revenue sharing model and expressed his views.

Asked whether India will push for at least 70 per cent on a new profit-sharing model, Patel said: “That can’t be said at the moment. Obviously that’s one of the revenue models but there are a few alternative profit-sharing models also which we would be looking at. Basically, we will have a discussion on all aspects and look at the best possible solution”.