You and your friends enjoy playing cricket with each other a lot. Everything is all hunky dory and you’d think that this would continue forever. A few of your friends bit better than you in playing the sport decide to play each other more often, at your expense. You’re left ruing about what you did wrong. You are mostly fuming about how dare they leave you out; you’re almost as good as them. You rally alongside others and call them bad names.
One day, your better friends decide to let a few more of you join their elite cricket. You’re part of the pack. You’re in. You were a bit hesitant at first, but you said what the heck. They threw in a sweet kicker too. One of those friends said that they would like it if you played cricket with them, and if you’re part of their club, you’d get to play with them more often. This was too good to be true. You had your cake and ate it too.
Kiddy talk aside, this is basically the gist of Pakistan’s handling of the Big Three; the now defunct revenue-sharing model comprising of the cricket boards of India, England and Australia as the main members. And how it corresponds with their latest farce in trying to salvage some national pride by accusing India of not playing promised series with them.
Even the general cricket fan would know the basic essence of what the Big Three was.
A big boy club of cricket’s top revenue earners. This club argued that if they made the game so much money, they should keep most of it. The rest of the cricketing world, naturally, was not pleased. They had clearly missed out on earning, and were now in no position to catch up.
8 of 10 ICC members agreed on voting on the Big Three model that took place in February 2014. In contrast, Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from voting. By June 2014, and we have PCB and West Indies Cricket Board being added to the executive committee of the now abandoned financial model.
While Pakistan had kept a ‘holier than thou’ stance at the February meeting, it faced complete isolation from Sri Lanka. Come April, and the PCB ‘conditionally agrees’ to the model, yet on the insistence that the BCCI promise them bilateral series. Fast forward to June 2014, and we have the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) being added to the executive committee (the Big Three steering group) of the now abandoned financial model.
Consequently, one cannot really do anything but take a step back, and stare hard at the PCB. Initially dispelling themselves from something they were against, to only come running back, speaks volumes how certain individuals aim to run our cricket board as a business.
On the Pakistan vs. India series which has not happened yet, one must do nothing more than a simple Google search. According to the MoU signed between the two countries in 2014, the Indian government would need to sign an NOC before they could play a series. Although PCB wants to show a ‘holier than thou’ position, it can’t help it if it didn’t read the fine print.
Stop complaining about your revenue lost, and move on.