NEW DELHI: BCCI President Anurag Thakur made it clear that unlike his predecessor Shashank Manohar, he is not “interested” in any ICC post and his sole focus at present is to protect the rights of Indian cricket.
Hinting at Manohar, Thakur said, “One who had to go to ICC have already gone long back. I have no interest and I am happy here with BCCI and nothing is more important for me than India. We have to protect the rights of India. If you don’t think about India then it will be difficult to think about any other country. Today there is India, so world cricket is growing,” Thakur said.
Thakur has been at loggerheads with Manohar over allocation of USD 135m for Champions Trophy, two-tier system and centralised marketing of the broadcast rights of bilateral series.
The BCCI President said: “There is no confrontation with ICC. For the benefit of cricket across the globe whatever steps need to be taken, BCCI have taken those. If the account or budget has been passed and India, the country which has the biggest market, is not included in the finance committee and all of a sudden you come to know about it then you have to look into it.
“Today other countries need more money than India. When we are asked to cut our shares then we suggested that ICC should cut down on their event cost. If BCCI has been successful in hosting tournaments whether IPL or World Cup and cutting down the event cost then it is also equally important for other organisation to look into this matter. We are here to help.”
Out of the USD 135m allocated for Champions Trophy, ICC will be building an office in London which will be handed over to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) once the tournament is over. Thakur said: “ICC has held tournaments in various countries and in no country they have built any infrastructure and so it is upto the ICC to decide whether they want to built or not so does that mean that if India hosts the Champions Trophy or World Cup 2023, there will be Rs 100 crore spent only to build infrastructure. I mean all we are trying to say that there has to be some justification in the money spent because it belongs to 105 countries.”