With IPL 2019 knocking at the door things seem to be not in place between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI). A few days ago ICC expressed a desire to bring in a uniform policy for T20 leagues across the globe. This has not gone well with the BCCI. The board clearly mentioned how Indian Premier League is entirely a domestic matter and they are not interested to welcome any interference from the global body.
A newspaper report claimed that the ICC wants to have a say in IPL policy matters. According to the statement issued by ICC they want, “same minimum criteria and a consistent framework” for all T20 leagues. BCCI CEO Raul Johri said, “The BCCI is of the firm view that the IPL is a domestic property of the BCCI. The prerogative of setting rules and regulations of the IPL rest with the BCCI”.
BCCI asked ICC to 'stay away' and the BCCI treasurer Anirudh Choudhary explained, "The ICC is good with words but the substance of their intent is pretty obvious over the past couple of years.” He added "They see that for their purposes, BCCI as an organization in this period of transition is not the force that it was. They see the issues that have existed with regard to the holding of the General Meetings, the forum that decides on policy matters."
“Therefore, the ICC has been making a push, albeit a push camouflaged in pretty words, to intrude upon the sovereignty of the BCCI vis-à-vis the ICC. Whether it is the attempt to govern the inter-board relations or the attempt to gain granular information about the operations of the BCCI and its members, and now the attempted intrusion in the IPL”.
ICC Statement Denies Claim
ICC denied the claim and a statement clarified, “Reports (in the Indian media) that ICC is somehow seeking to interfere in or dictate to the IPL are wide of the mark. That is not the case”, the ICC chairman, David Richardson said in a statement. According to the global board, it is rather keen to use the Indian domestic league as an example to draft regulations for leagues across the globe