Cricket: Fears for future of international game, associate nations as India dominate new ICC funding model

India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates.
India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates. Photo credit: Getty Images

Cricket's cash-starved associate nations fear the proposed new international revenue distribution model, which heavily favours the game's superpowers, could potentially stall the growth of the game.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has proposed a new revenue sharing model for the 2024-27 cycle to be voted on at its July board meeting in Durban.

According to figures leaked to Cricinfo, cricket's financial engine India would alone claim 38.5%, primarily in recognition of its contribution to the commercial revenue pot.

The 12 full members of the ICC would collectively take 88.81% with the rest distributed among 94 associate members.

After India's 38.50 percent share, the reported next largest is England - who will net 6.89 percent. Australia will earn 6.25 percent. Pakistan 5.75, while New Zealand has been allocated 4.73 percent. 

The ICC has not commented on the figures, though general manager Wasim Khan said all members would get more money under the proposed model than in the past.

Pakistan have already made clear their opposition to the model in its current shape and resentment is rumbling among other, less developed, cricketing nations.

Sumod Damodar, one of the three associate member representatives on the ICC Chief Executives' Committee, said the proposal would not meet the needs of associate members.

The ICC did not respond to a request for comment when asked about the concerns of the associate members.

Former ICC President Ehsan Mani said there was a lack of vision at the governing body in its approach to developing cricketing nations, despite the huge commercial potential of some of them.

"One of the biggest risks for global cricket is its over-dependence on one country, India, for a major part of the revenues generated," the former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman told Reuters.

"Countries like the USA and the Middle East and, in longer term, China would bring enormous benefits to the ICC, its members and the global game. World cricket would be stronger and richer for it."

For Mani, India grabbing the lion's share of ICC revenues "makes no sense" and he advocated equal shares for all full members.

"World cricket needs a strong West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan," he added.

"Cricket in Zimbabwe has suffered due to lack of funds as have Ireland and Afghanistan. Lack of investment in some of these countries will make the game unsustainable and world cricket will be poorer for it."