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News: Watson hits out at “unrealistic” ICC…

Scotland captain, Ryan Watson, has hit out at the ICC for making unrealistic demands from the associates…..

The sad part about this is that it was a reality in your face. ICC lives in a dream world where they think that if a country is given ODI status, the entire country would get up and start watching cricket. They should have foreseen this as the players and the boards have been complaining about this for a while now.

Sometime back, I mentioned that a $1 million/year amount should be given to each of the top 6 associates for the period of their ODI status. Then the expectation would be realistic that they should take the step up. It is not rocket science…. just investment.

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  1. December 3, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    He’s got a point, trouble is people have been singing the same song for ages and no one seems to be listening…

  2. Ram
    December 3, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Well…Does anybody in the ICC care afterall about Watson and co’s concerns?..On one hand, the ICC is fine with non-contributing test boards like NZ, SL, Zim, WI getting the same share of revenue as the big boards while on the other hand, Associates don’t deserve much because…well…they don’t financially contribute!!??…

    Here’s the point: Give Ire and Sco the same amount of money and international exposure as WI and NZ get over a 5-year period…It’s highly likely that Ire and Sco will become better contributors to the game than WI, NZ or Zim…Also, if these 2 countries do start defeating Zim, WI and NZ, the other boards might even prefer hosting them over WI and NZ given their lucrative TV markets…And, we’re just talking of a 5-year period here…

    In a sense, this is like the expat problem because lazy boards like WI and Zim keep getting millions (despite their misfunctioning) because of what they achieved a couple of decades back while countries like Ire and Sco that are currently trying hard to improve don’t get anything..

    Some months back, there was news that the Associates were to vote for a move whereby the top 6 could get as much as $2 million a year…Whatever happened to that move?

  3. December 3, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    ICC says that there cannot be a model where ICC is spoonfeeding budgets to fledgling teams……. and that it is part of the “stepping up” process that countries dig deep and invigorate their cricket economy themselves…….

    But it is a chicken and egg situation….. and ICC probably needs to jumpstart it themselves……

    Regarding the $2 million, I think that they are going to discuss that in a meeting coming up….. but even if that happens, and its a big IF, the implementation is not going to be until after the 2009 ICC Trophy.

  4. December 4, 2007 at 12:06 am

    The top six associates do currently get $1million US dollars a year, as far as I know, but it has to be spent solely on cricket development, and can not be used to pay players in any way. What the top associates really need at the moment is the ability to centrally contract their players, or at the very least to be able to compensate employers for the time players take off work.

    Whether the ICC actually do anything is up in the air though. This year, they’ve already refused to fund two matches they organised (Scotland Under-19’s play-off against Nepal and Croatia’s play-off against Israel) and yet still fly their officials all over the world in first-class, and put them up in five star hotels. It’s time they put their money where their mouth is when it comes to development.

    I’ve said it before, and I hope I don’t have to say it again, the ICC have put in a great skeleton of a structure for its international cricket, they just need to put in the investment and promotion to make it work.

  5. Nathan Webb
    December 4, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Andrew, it was 500K spread over 4 years, so only $125K per year. It’s hard to get exact figures, but if it has increased to $1M, then I’d still expect it to be over 4 years.

    source: content-usa.cricinfo.com/other/content/story/231520.html

  6. December 4, 2007 at 1:43 am

    This $500K includes the coach salary, so that makes a huge dent……

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