BCCI miffed with ICC's $135million sanction to England for Champions Trophy

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BCCI miffed with ICC's $135million sanction to England for Champions Trophy

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SportsCafe Desk

09/03/2016

The BCCI has expressed its reservations to the ICC's sanctioning of USD 135 million for the Champions Trophy to be held in England in 2017. Only 45 million was sanctioned to conduct the World T20 event in India in 2016 which had 58 matches, while the Champions Trophy has only 15 matches. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Saturday, has expressed its concerns over the International Cricket Council's decision to sanction a budget of USD 135 million (approx) for the Champions Trophy, which is going to be held from June 1-18, 2017 in the United Kingdom.

Whenever ICC conducts any tournament, a certain budget is allocated to the host country. The host country appoints an LOC (Local Organising Committee), which is responsible for all the expenditure that may occur while hosting the tournament. But, officials at the BCCI are surprised by ICC's decision to earmark a budget that is three times the budget sanctioned to conduct the ICC World T20 in India which was around 45 million.

The huge escalation in the budget for a tournament that lasts only 19 days and hosts 15 matches has baffled many as the World T20 in India which was a 27-day event with 58 matches in all, (35 men's and 23 women's matches) was given a measly budget.

Accordingly, the BCCI has sent a letter to the ICC "expressing their reservations about the budget", and the matter is expected to be discussed in the ICC Chief Executives meeting which will be held in Dubai on the 6th and 7th of this month. 

"It is strange but when the ICC World T20 was held in India, the BCCI organised a tournament of longer duration at 1/3rd cost,” a senior BCCI official said reported PTI.

"Even if we take into account that the costs will be more in UK as expenditure will be in GBP (Pounds) but in India, there are more overheads including logistics as you need to take flights from one city to another which is not the case in England,” the source had added

There are also reports that the ICC is building a new office in London which will be handed over to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) once the tournament is over. The BCCI official also spoke about this issue, saying, "The construction of a new office is also something that is being questioned. Every member has right to ask as to why all members should pay for office of one member. Looking at the far bigger picture, every penny saved is every penny earned. This money should be used judiciously for development of cricket."

A review of the draft budget for Champions Trophy 2017 will be conducted at the ICC Annual Conference which will be held in Edinburgh in May-June 2017.

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