The Board of Control for Cricket in India was established in 1928. This body is responsible for all the cricket events across India. This includes international, domestic, and other T20 cricket leagues. The current chairman of BCCI is Sourav Ganguly. BCCI headquarters is situated at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
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ICC was founded as the imperial cricket conference in 1909. It was later renamed ‘The international cricket conference’ in 1965. In 1989, ICC has finally renamed ‘The international cricket council’. It organizes major events such as the men’s and women’s ODI world cup, T20 world cup, under-19 world cup, etc. The current chairman of ICC is Greg Barclay.
BCCI VS ICC – WHICH IS MORE POWERFUL
There has been a constant debate about which is more powerful? Let us try to analyze this.
The first thing which we notice is the role and responsibility. If we compare both organizations, it’s like comparing India and Delhi.
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Another aspect is the role of the International Cricket Council in uplifting cricket across the globe. It’s an organization that has evolved cricket over the years. They have made this event to reach poor countries that once only dreamt about playing cricket. They are giving a lot of opportunities to the associate nations to uplift their skills.
The ICC men’s cricket world cup 2023 qualifier is also one such example. Here, more than 50 associate nations are fighting to get a place in the world cup team list. BCCI on the other hand has been doing this inside India if we compare with 100+ cricket-playing nations right now.
The primary reason why ICC always praised BCCI is the revenue that the BCCI generates. It is to be noted that this cricket body provides the maximum revenue to ICC. BCCI has a lion’s share of around 60% in the annual revenue of ICC. According to last year’s data, the annual income of BCCI was around 3800 crore. This figure is the highest among all the cricket countries. Due to this reason, BCCI at times has enjoyed unofficial supremacy at ICC.
If we look at the net worth of both bodies, we see that BCCI has the upper hand. According to the latest data, ICC has a net worth of around 2.5 billion, whereas BCCI has a net worth of 2 billion. We need to look here that the BCCI is only a cricket body whereas ICC covers the entire cricket in the world. So, the net worth of BCCI wins by a long margin if we keep this comparison aspect in mind.
Another thing that has always raised an eyebrow has been the decision-making influence of the BCCI in the ICC. There is no denying the fact that BCCI has played an influential role in a few ICC decisions. One such example is the decision review system (DRS). ICC was very much inclined towards making DRS mandatory for all the teams. However, it was the BCCI who forced them to modify this rule so that teams can decide on a series basis whether to implement DRS or not.
During the Jagmohan Dalmiya regime, it was he who suggested ICC introduce the ICC champion’s trophy event. This was done so that ICC could get more revenue between 2 world cups. He also played a vital role in Bangladesh, becoming a Test-playing nation in 2000.
We can say that BCCI may have an upper hand in the decisions taken by the ICC, but the final decision rests with the supreme cricket authority. It does not matter how much informal power BCCI might enjoy, but at the end of the day, it is the ICC that has the last laugh in framing policies and other cricket regulations.