BCCI calls the shots in cricket world

Questions are being raised whether the BCCI is using its financial powers in International Cricket to assume the role of big bully.

updated: January 14, 2008 18:14 IST
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New Delhi:

Cricketers all over the world have now turned their anger against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Many argue that Steve Bucknor deserved to be removed, but that has set off a dangerous precedent.

Clearly, the one precedent that has already been established is that the BCCI's money muscle continues to talk in the world of cricket. What the BCCI wants, the BCCI gets.

Questions are being raised whether the BCCI is using its financial powers in International Cricket to assume the role of big bully. Most people in India feel that the Board only stands up for it's players when they have been unfairly targeted by Match Referees or the International Cricket Council.

But with India contributing a large share of the ICC's cricket revenues, there is no denying Money Talks.

Darell Hair today is a mere shadow of his old self, thanks to the Oval Test fiasco, where he paid a very heavy price for accusing Pakistan of cheating.

Indian board supported Pakistan's cause, and finally, the cricketers were cleared of cheating charges.

Hair lost his job as Test Umpire, this is just one of many examples of how India wields a lot of power in the Cricket world

Mike Deness was publicly humiliated when the Indian board rejected his ball tampering accusations against Sachin Tendulkar and one-match ban for Virender Sehwag for over appealing.

They had demanded his replacement, for the next Test of the series. This was in the press conference where Deness had refused to talk.

When the ICC refused, India went ahead and played the Test without Deness. However, South African government and their cricket board supported India. It was a huge victory, even though the ICC declared the Test match as unofficial.

Sourav Ganguly had a personal victory against the ICC too, when his two-match ban for slow over rate was lifted by an Appeals Commissioner. This time the humiliation was for the ICC Match Referee Clive Lloyd, who had handed out the ban.

The Muralitharan chucking controversy, though, is probably the best example of how influential the BCCI really is.

The Sri Lankan, had the full backing of India, amidst accusations of an illegal action. At the end, the ICC amended laws to accommodate him, allowing a bowler to straighten his arm upto 15 degrees.

Such is the power of the BCCI that even Bollywood bows down to its wishes, former New Zealand cricketers Craig McMillan, Nathan Astle and Daryll Tuffey who were to feature in a film were removed from the cast because all three had joined the rebel Indian Cricket League.

What gives the BCCI its immense power is its mammoth financial strength. The Indian board claims they contribute between 80-90% of the ICC's revenue, once again proving that Money talks and how.