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Ali Bacher Lashes Out At BCCI, ECB and Cricket Australia For Influencing World Cricket
By SMCS - Dec 28, 2023 7:10 pm
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India, the England Cricket Board, and the Australian Cricket Board are the most powerful and influential cricket boards in World Cricket. And, former South African Cricket Board’s President Ali Bacher has said that they are sidelining other nations and have marginalized Pakistan and South Africa as well. However, among the three, the BCCI is considered the richest and the strongest cricket board in the world and they generate a huge amount of revenue. Therefore, the BCCI has a lot of influence and has often dictated decisions of the ICC as well.

BCCI
BCCI

And, Ali Bacher thinks that other cricket-playing nations and cricket boards are not able to grow and develop due to BCCI’s interference. He said that nations like South Africa, Pakistan, and the West Indies have been pushed to a corner and The West Indies cricket board was in fact on the verge of collapsing due to no source of revenue stream as well. And, Bacher said BCCI’s dominance as unhealthy for World cricket.

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“When I was the chairman of ICC’s development committee, my objective was to spread the game. It’s not happening today. Cricket today is dominated by India, Australia, England. South Africa has been marginalised, Pakistan has been marginalised, West Indies has been marginalised. That’s not good.” – Ali Bacher said. “You need to grow the game. The problem is that finance of world cricket is dominated by India and 70 percent of world cricket money comes through India from whatever direction. I would like to see development of smaller nations, that was my profound passion.”

ICC
ICC

“You need billions and billions of dollars to get a small niche of that (USA) market. To be honest, I called it a day after two occasions. It wasn’t going to happen. The way it should happen is, growth of cricket should be in Asia. There is enormous potential. Not in the USA as its far too expensive.” – Ali Bacher concluded.