The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is miffed with the International Cricket Council (ICC) over allocation of the 2017 Champions Trophy budget. The Indian Premier League-style T20 tournament in England has been allocated a budget of USD 135 million by the ICC. It is far less than the USD 45 million given to BCCI for organising the World Twenty20 this year.
Not only that, the ICC is also reportedly contemplating building an office for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following the end of the 19-day tournament, which will see a total of 15 matches. In contrast, the 2016 World Twenty20 was a 27-day event where a total of 58 matches (35 men's and 23 women's) were played.
"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 was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
"I agree 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. Every member has right to ask as to why all members should pay for office of one member," the official added.
As of now, the BCCI has shot a letter explaining their concerns to the ICC. The matter, meanwhile, is expected to be taken up in the ICC Chief Executives meeting, scheduled to take place in Dubai on September 6 and 7.