Boards with little to board on their own
The PCB lost $80 million of its whopping $135 million broadcasting deal with Ten Sports that expired last year because the terms included a clause that stipulated Pakistan “had to play at least two home series with India in a four-year cycle”.
It never happened because political sport prevailed in old Delhi.
The PCB estimates it would lose $5.2 million this year.
The Sri Lanka Cricket Board ran into a debt of $69 million as hosts of the World Cup in 2011 and, by the next year, were unable to pay the wages of their contracted players. They borrowed $3.9 million from a domesftic bank because they knew India would tour in due course.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) incurred a $4.2 million loss in 2012 and even more the next year. The CSA, however, muddled along with the reserves for 2013-14 because they knew India was coming. Far from making a bumper crop, they ended up losing majorly after Srinivasan didn’t quite like seeing Lorgat around and cut down the engagement.
The West Indies Cricket Board has long been waging a battle for survival, but gets a shot in the arm every time India tours the islands. They were the first ones after the first day of the ICC meeting in Dubai last week to happily go along with wind.
New Zealand Cricket is similarly happy to be in the company of big wigs. It has also incurred losses, like in the just-concluded West Indies visit, but made up for lost time with the big ticket series: India. It was the first board, whose chief executive actually surprised everyone by jumping to the defence of the Big Three.
Bangladesh Cricket Board, in the reign of Hasina Wajed as prime minister, also knows which side of the toast to butter. It promised to tour Pakistan two years ago but reneged on it after familiar pressure was brought to bear upon it from the neighbourhood. It claimed to be the first one to raise an objection to the position paper, but it became obvious that its only concern was not to be at the receiving end of a relegation system, which has been addressed.
Zimbabwe is so poor that it is unable to pay its players, who have been on a strike recently. If not for India touring the country, they would probably be looking for other jobs.