Don't try to take advantage of BCCI's current mess: Shastri

02/16/2017

NEW DELHI, Feb. 16: A few nations are making a big mistake by trying to take advantage of the current mess that Indian Cricket Board is in, warned former captain Ravi Shastri, who also advised the BCCI to demand every penny it deserves from the ICC for being the biggest revenue generator.

Shastri, who served as Team Director of the Indian team before Anil Kumble took over, warned certain cricket boards that this "institution is here to stay."

"My warning to such people is: beware... This state of flux will not last for long. BCCI will be back where they belong very very soon. And that is why it is important that the BCCI stresses on the issues at hand," Shastri told Cricbuzz in an interview without taking any names.

His apparent reference is it to England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.

BCCI is undergoing sweeping changes due to Supreme Committee appointed Lodha Committee's recommendations, resulting in removal of president Anurag Thakur and others.

Shastri also backed BCCI to demand a large chunk of revenue from the ICC since without India, it will be extremely difficult to raise such profits.

"I was very pleased that the committee that went to Dubai for the ICC meeting really took up the issue with the ICC board. (Vikram) Limaye, Anirudh (Chaudhry) and Amitabh (Choudhary) - I'm glad they made the BCCI's reservations very clear. In my mind, India deserve every penny that they get from ICC tournaments, simply because they are the Pied Pipers of world cricket," he stressed.

"Something like 80% of revenues for these tournaments come from India. Then to say that India is the bully, because they are asking for extra share, is the biggest load of bullshit I've heard. I say this because the BCCI is not asking for 80%, they're asking for a much lower percentage. They have every right to. You take India out of the equation, I'd like to see what kind of revenue will be left. "

 

 

 


Shastri lauded Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for supporting BCCI and was surprised and disappointed that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe went the other way.

 

 

 


Shastri said he was not saying all this because he benefits financially from the BCCI.

 

 

 


"That's bul****. I've worked all around the world. If I am something today it is because of the opportunities the BCCI gave me, but not as a commentator. It is what the BCCI did for me as a player, a cricketer, people should get that clear in their minds. That is the most important role of a cricket board."(TOI)

Related News

India pummels New Zealand, retakes top slot in ICC rankings

KOLKATA (INDIA), oct. 3 : India on Monday pulled off a brilliant all-round performance to trounce New Zealand by 178 runs in the second Test in Kolkata to clinch the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead, which also propelled it to the top of the ICC rankings, dethroning arch-rival Pakistan.…

Making decisions and backing them fully is real essence of a leader: Kohli

NEW DELHI, 6 Oct. : Virat Kohli boasts of an impressive record as captain since taking over the reigns of the Indian Test team two years ago and the right-hander feels the essence of being a leader lies in taking bold decisions and backing them to the hilt without thinking…

Kohli and Rahane help India take command

MUMBAI, Oct.9: During India’s pre-match training session on Friday, after facing throwdowns from batting coach Sanjay Bangar, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were involved in a long chat at the Holkar Stadium. On Saturday, the captain and vice-captain spent even more time together, where it mattered the most. The two…

Ashwin shares his success secret

INDORE (INDIA), Oct. 10: With the kind of form he is in, R. Ashwin’s second five-wicket haul of the series – his 20th of his career – may have been expected by many of Indian cricket’s aficionados. But for the man himself, the effort was “pretty special” because he had to…

India completes 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand

INDORE, Oct. 11: New Zealand crashed to a 321-run defeat against India on Tuesday, slumping to 153 all out on day four of the third Test. Set an improbable 475 runs to win, Ravichandran Ashwin (7-59) took his 21st five-wicket haul in test cricket to run through the Black Caps. After…

Cut all ties with Pak. till terrorism ends: Gambhir

NEW DELHI, Oct. 19: Cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Monday called for a complete freeze on ties with Pakistan till cross-border terrorism ends. “I would not even think of playing cricket with Pakistan. Indian lives are more important than sports,” Gambhir told mediapersons here. Gambhir insisted that every Indian must put himself…

Video

Find Us on Facebook

From Social

Tokyo (Japan), Sept. 13: A new leadership assumed responsibilities at the Non Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA), Japan on Sunday. The new office bearers took oath of office and secrecy after a long fought battle resulting from dissatisfaction from those who…

Lama led officials assume responsibility in NRNA Japan