Dean Jones says world of cricket massively benefited from 'powerbroker' BCCI

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Sydney, Feb 23 (ANI): Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has claimed world of cricket has massively benefited from the influence of game's major powerhouse Board of Cricket Control (BCCI).

"The reason cricket is one of the world's most popular sports is mainly due to the influence from India. Cricket is played by 10 nations with Test status and 35 associate countries. But it is India that provides nearly 80 per cent of the world's cricket revenues," Jones wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

"And cricket-playing countries and players around the world are a lot wealthier because of that revenue generated by India," he added.

"Generally, people who have the most money get what they want. India is no different, and it is very protective of its power and very shrewd when it comes to using it. Many fans and cricket leaders think this is a bad thing for the game. I don't," he wrote.

Jones added: "The Indian authorities are the ones who have invested heavily in cricket, and ultimately they are the ones who pay the invoices. Other countries just hang onto India's coat tails. Today, India always has a massive audience and it brings along a massive bank cheque."

"The Indian board ploughs most of its money back into grassroots cricket, where there are more than 55,000 matches played in India every day. It pays out millions every year in player pensions for former players. India also helped South Africa return to international cricket and helped Bangladesh reach Test status," he further wrote.

"When the Indian board isn't part of your income, people tend to have a point of view that it is ruining the fabric of the game. Then there are the players, officials and media outlets that are commercially involved with the BCCI. These people only have good words for the board," he added.

"Since the board has started to be the major powerbroker of the game, has world cricket benefited? Yes, and more power to it," he concluded. (ANI)

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nice

but BCCI is not stopping anyone. If they are earning,other boards are also free to do whatever they want to increase their revenue.

but they have made themselves totally dependent on BCCI. i mean for sponsers, financial help, interference with ICC etc.

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Dean Jones is 100% correct.

Dean Jones is 100% correct. Everyone know that too, but they are not ready to accept that.

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Please don't copy/paste

Please don't copy/paste articles in full. Post a link and then discuss it.

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Yes India has to be credited

Yes India has to be credited for expanding cricket especially from the marketing of the game.
And now they should be credited with slowly killing off Test and 50 over cricket by becoming too greedy!

Why do you think India pushed for South Africa's readmission and Bangladesh's Test status (before they were even ready)? You can see the reasons now when the ICC goes to vote for anything and the BCCI pulls all the strings!

And whilst 80% of the games revenew comes from India, from the same percentage of illegal bookies destroying the game also come from the region!

I'm not sure all the money is going back to the correct areas otherwise you would see better standards of pitches and otehr infrastructure.
Ask the captain of their recent women's WC team whether any sufficient funding or support by BCCI has gone into the women's game?

Recently their government had a tax probe into the BCCI and they have to pay back a considerable amount after previously trying to hide like a charitable organization!

The BCCI control the ICC and world cricket, and the BCCI themeselves are controlled by the media outlets that provide them all this money!

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