Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Board of Control for Cricket in India

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, or BCCI, is the apex governing body for cricket in India. The board was formed in 1929. It is a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. The BCCI often uses government-owned stadiums across the country at a nominal annual rent. It is a private club consortium. Basically to become a member of a state-level association, you need to be introduced by another member and also pay an annual fee. The state-level clubs select their representatives (secretaries) who in turn select the BCCI officials. As for any private club, BCCI or the state-level associations are not required to make their balance sheets public.

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As a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), it has the authority to select players, umpires and officials to participate in international events and exercises total control over them. Without its recognition, no competitive cricket involving BCCI-contracted Indian players can be hosted within or outside the country.

The BCCI's membership generally includes the State cricket associations, though some states have more than one association. Maharashtra state, for instance, has Maharashtra Cricket Association, Mumbai Cricket Association and Vidarbha cricket association and Gujarat state has Gujarat Cricket Association, Baroda cricket association and Saurashtra cricket association. Railways and Services are also members.

The BCCI is India's richest sporting body. The BCCI's constitution provides for annual elections at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for all posts, with a bar on re-election of an incumbent president beyond two consecutive years, "provided that the General Body may in its discretion re-elect the same person as president for the third consecutive year". The President of BCCI is Sharad Pawar (elected 29 November, 2005). Niranjan Shah is the secretary.

All the office-bearers for the year 2004-05, were elected at the annual general meeting of the Board held in Kolkata.

On January 10, 2005, the Supreme Court of India ordered the removal of Jagmohan Dalmiya from the post of patron-in-chief of BCCI and also asked the board to complete its annual general meeting (AGM) which had been adjourned on September 30, 2004.

The legality of the office-bearer's election at the board's annual general meeting (AGM) held on September 29, 2004 is subjudice.

In recent times the BCCI has been at odds with the ICC on Future Tours Program, it has formed unilateral arrangements to allow more series between India and Australia, England and Pakistan. This, however, has left out 'minnows' such as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

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World Cup 2011

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be jointly hosting the 2011 Cricket World Cup .The Asian countries won by beating a joint bid by Australia and New Zealand by ten votes to three. This is the third time world cup will return to Asia . In 1987, India and Pakistan jointly hosted the World Cup, while in 1996, Sri Lanka joined the two to host it. Australia and New Zealand will hold the 2015 World Cup.

See 2011 Cricket World Cup for more details


BCCI is in currently has the highest income of any national cricket board. Its income has increased manifold in 2007-08 and crossed Rs 1000.41 crore, as compared to Rs 651.81 crore in 2006-07, leading to a surplus of Rs 303.15 crore.. The global media rights for international cricket to be held in India between March 2006 and March 2010 were awarded to production house Nimbus for US$612 Million.. Official kit sponsorship rights for 5 years from 2006 to 2010 inclusive were awarded to Nike for US$43 Million. While Air Sahara became the official Indian cricket team sponsor for a period of four years at a cost of US$70 Million . The media rights for 25 neutral venue one-day matches to be played over the next 5 years were awarded to Zee Telefilms for US$219.15 Million. Business Standard reports that it will get another Rs 2,000 crore ($450 million) from the sale of other rights, including hotel, travel and ground sponsorship.

The BCCI has recently established an inter-city cricket league, the Indian Premier League in limited-overs and Twenty20 format. It is structured along the lines of other professional leagues such as the English Premier League predicted that it would become the single largest revenue earning avenue for BCCI after its establishment, complete with relegations and promotions. The league has recruited several prominent overseas cricketers and will have separate TV, internet, mobile, merchandising, sponsorship and ground signage rights. BCCI marketing director Lalit Modi. On 12th September, 2006 BCCI announced that it will spend $347 Million (Rs. 16 Billion) over the subsequent one year to upgrade the cricket stadiums around the country