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'India has a leading role to play' for Test cricket to flourish, says CWI CEO Johnny Grave

'India has a leading role to play' for Test cricket to flourish, says CWI CEO Johnny Grave
'India has a leading role to play' for Test cricket to flourish, says CWI CEO Johnny Grave

 


Grave also supports centralizing travel costs at the WTC and spreading hosting rights for men's world events

INDIA has a leading role to play in ensuring that Test cricket not only survives but thrives in regions such as the West Indies, said Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies.
Grave, who joined Cricket West Indies (CWI) in 2017, praised the BCCI's commitment to testing cricket despite a grueling calendar, but said more needs to be done at the ICC level to boost the red-ball game outside India, protect England and Australia. .
Of the nine competing ICC members, only these three will play a five-match series in the 2023-2025 World Test Championship cycle. Three teams – Ireland, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe – have never competed in the championship, which was introduced in 2019.
Grave, currently busy co-hosting the T20 World Cup, spoke about the future of the game and the role he expects the BCCI to play.
India has a leading role to play, Grave told PTI. They are now the number 1 board in terms of power, influence and resources. So far they have been fantastic in the way they have continued to play all three formats. [and with] their commitment to Test cricket, I don't think it's ever been as strong as it is now.
Is the BCCI doing enough in the leadership role? I think so, Grave said. They are increasingly influential in the most important decisions that the ICC makes. The BCCI was hugely instrumental in one of the biggest things the ICC has achieved in the last twelve months, which was getting cricket back into the Olympics after a hiatus of 128 years.
The fact that India came on board and supported that bid was, in my opinion, absolutely crucial to the outcome that the ICC achieved, which was the acceptance of cricket in the LA Games.
And we saw especially from the associated world that the fact that it is an Olympic sport has a very big impact on them, in a positive sense, in terms of how they can get money from the government, get money from the Olympic associations to control the game at all. levels.
Centralize travel costs and accommodation in WTC
India has toured the West Indies three times in the past five years, providing a huge financial boost to the CWI, which is largely dependent on media rights money from Indian and English broadcasters to keep the game afloat in the Caribbean.
From now on, the series in the WTC cycle will be bilateral, with the home board pocketing all broadcast revenue and the visiting teams having to pay for their own travel. Grave wants the ICC to centralize the travel costs that the West Indies have to spend heavily on traveling around the world.
We need to have a competitive mentality where we are all involved together as test nations,” Grave said. And I think the World Test Championship is a start to that. I think it's gaining momentum. I think it can be improved.
Centralize flights and accommodation within the World Test Championship and absorb those costs as the costs of the competition, rather than placing all those burdens on the participating teams, which have been so negatively disadvantaged as a result.
T20 World Cup will provide an economic boost of $300 million in the region
In Graves' words, CWI has not been in better financial shape after multiple tours from India and England in the post-COVID era. The T20 World Cup, the first ICC men's event to be held in the Caribbean since 2010, will also add to the coffers of the CWI, which generates an annual turnover of US$50 million.
The six chosen venues were in urgent need of renovation to be ready for the World Cup at a cost of around $50 million, with half of the amount going to the Kensington Oval in Barbados, where the final will take place.
It's been fourteen years since we hosted our last men's event, he said. And it is extremely important [that we get to host world events].
[Building infrastructure] is a big part of hosting a World Cup because its legacy means that the six grounds hosting this World Cup will have facilities that we, Cricket West Indies and our home boards, can hopefully benefit from for the next decade.
The West Indies are co-hosting the showpiece T20 with the US, and in the future more world events will be co-hosted, and not just by India, England and Australia, as has been the case over the past decade.
We have pointed out that we believe there should be a more equal distribution of revenues in ICC distributions [BCCI currently gets nearly 40% of the share]. And part of that equality was its spread [the hosting rights for] the men's events.
Some of the larger host countries could make $100 million from hosting a men's event based on the revenue they would retain.
And therefore it's another way in which, if you don't spread around these events, the few countries that do host benefit from them more than others, and also get home field advantage and play in home conditions that they should know better about . and can adapt [to] better.
It is an important part of the change of the next cycle, there will be multiple teams hosting. (ESPNcricinfo)

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