The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently proposed a new international revenue distribution model, which has sparked concerns about the future growth of the game and the added strain it would place on financially challenged nations.
The proposed model, set to be voted on at the ICC’s upcoming board meeting in July, has drawn attention to the potential disparities it may create within the cricketing community.
According to ESPNcricinfo, if the model is approved, India would receive a substantial 38.5% share of the revenue, while England and Australia would secure 6.89% and 6.25% respectively. Pakistan is expected to earn 5.75% of the ICC’s projected earnings, primarily through the organization’s $3 billion media rights deal for the 2024-2027 period.
Out of the ICC’s revenue, the 12 full members would collectively claim 88.81%, leaving the remaining funds for the 94 associate members. This distribution has raised concerns among associate member representative Sumod Damodar, who voiced disappointment, stating that the proposal would not serve the interests of less developed countries. Damodar further emphasized the practical challenges such a model would pose for associate members.
Similarly, Tim Cutler, Chief Executive of the Vanuatu Cricket Association, expressed concerns about the new model exacerbating inequality in cricket. Cutler warned that the proposed changes could further tip the scales in favor of larger cricketing nations, thereby jeopardizing the future of the sport. He stressed the need for more equal allocation of the game’s global funds to foster growth and expand cricket beyond its existing boundaries.
These concerns were also echoed by former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, who criticized the proposed revenue distribution model for favoring wealthier nations. Mani, who served as ICC president from 2003-2006 and stepped down from the PCB in 2021, emphasized the lack of strategic vision for the game’s development at a global level. He called for financial parity among the 12 full members, rather than disproportionately allocating the majority of funds to India.
Mani highlighted the importance of providing adequate resources to all countries for player development and fair compensation, particularly in light of the growing influence of the IPL and other T20 leagues. He argued that while India’s market generates substantial revenue, it is not solely the responsibility of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Mani emphasized the mutual benefits derived from Indian companies advertising in ICC events worldwide and stressed the need for a two-way relationship between India and other cricketing nations.
The proposed revenue distribution model has ignited a passionate debate within the cricketing community, with stakeholders expressing concerns over the potential impact on the growth and equal opportunities in the game. The final decision on the matter will be made during the ICC’s board meeting, where representatives will deliberate on the future direction of cricket’s financial landscape.