Home > News >

ICC’s deliberation over development funds threatens to derail Asian Cricket Council

 

N Srinivasan © Getty Images
N Srinivasan is the current president of the ACC © Getty Images

Karachi: May 29, 2014

The very existence of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is in doldrums after a rethink in the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the development funds being spent globally for promotion of cricket.

The ACC, whose President at present is India’s N Srinivasan and chief executive is Bangladesh’s Ashraf ul Haq, is responsible for distributing development funds they get from the ICC in the Asian region. “Yes there has been a rethink on how the development funds are being spent and England, Australia and India all pushed for this rethink as presently the ICC has around 105 full, associate or affiliate members but only in 40 to 45 countries is cricket played seriously and passionately or has a future,” a well-informed source told PTI.

He said that in recent days there had been discussions on this distribution of development funds model in the ICC and examples have been given of many countries who are given funds but where cricket hardly has any future or there is any interest for it.

The source said if the ICC decides to review its existing model at the annual executive board meeting in June than the very existence of the ACC could be in danger. “At present the ACC is based in Malaysia with a staff of 10 to 12 people and its administrative and other expenses are also managed from the development funds given to the regional body or from the hosting of the biannual Asia Cup,” the source said.

He said at present the ACC gets around 6 to 7 million dollars as development funds from the ICC which it distributes in the region. “The problem now cropping up is that there are questions being asked as to what purpose is being fulfilled by giving development funds to a country like Brunei where cricket has no future or standing as a major sport.”

The source said since the ACC survived mainly on the development funds if the ICC decided to change its distribution model than its existence could be redundant. “The feeling is that the Asia Cup which is held every two years can easily be organized by a committee from the cricket boards of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh when the time comes to host the event and is there a need to have a complete ACC set up for this,” the source added.

He said the revenues generated from the Asia Cup through sale of broadcasting rights and other sponsorship deals are generally distributed among the full and associate members while expenses of the ACC secretariat are also taken out of these revenues.

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

Photos

Heroes of India's Test wins in England

Videos

Rahul Dravid reflects on India's historic win at Lord's

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 2 Live Cricket Score: Jayawardene completes 150

10 things you need to know about Zaheer Abbas

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test at Colombo: Pride at stake for high-flying hosts

Mahela Jayawardene at SSC: A tale of 11 tons

Please help Graeme Pollock, cricket boards and franchises of the world

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Sri Lanka dominate the first session of Day 2 against South Africa; post 395/6 at Lunch

Darren Bravo takes Trinidad and Tobago Red Stell to victory with last-ball six against Guyana Amazon Warriors

Mahela Jayawardene completes 7,000 Test runs on Sri Lankan soil; gets to 150 against South Africa

Elton Chigumbura appointed Zimbabwe ODI and T20 captain; Brendan Taylor retained for Tests

Live Streaming: Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test at Colombo, Day 2

India tour of England 2014: Mohammed Shami has impressed in patches but wickets elude him

India tour of England 2014: Fake Facebook wall of England cricket team after the defeat at Lords

10 things you need to know about Zaheer Abbas

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test at Colombo: Pride at stake for high-flying hosts

Mahela Jayawardene at SSC: A tale of 11 tons

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Facebook Messenger could have Uber service integrated in future

5 things we loved about Salman Khan’s Kick

Apple set to cash in on mobile payments: Report

Sri Lanka dominate the first session of Day 2 against South Africa; post 393/6 at Lunch

Manju Warrier and Dileep to get divorced by Jan 27,2015!

Darren Bravo takes Trinidad and Tobago Red Stell to victory with last-ball six against Guyana Amazon Warriors

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here