Why did CSA agree to Big 3?

2014-02-10 13:10
CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat (Gallo Images)
I think I am one of the few people who actually agree with the ‘Big Three’ proposal, put forward by the ICC.

India provide 80% of the revenue for world cricket, so why should they only receive 14%. Under the new system they get a slight increase in revenue to 21%.

This, in principle is fair. If only our Currie Cup worked in the same way, instead of wasting valuable funds from South African rugby by propping up bankrupt poorly managed, smaller provincial unions.

If only we could apply the same principle to SANZAR, where, despite being the biggest financial contributor, SARU is thwarted again and again by New Zealand and Australian teams voting in solidarity against our desires eg. a sixth Super Rugby team.

Sport is no longer amateur and should be run according to financial principles.

Having said that I don’t believe for one second that CSA gave into the demands of the BCCI for lofty high ideals and principles. Instead they probably lay down and played dead after being given promises for lucrative tours in India in future. In principle, this probably is good in the long term for South African cricket.

The truth is we have been rubbing the BCCI up the wrong way in recent times and giving this concession can only advance South Africa’s cause in global cricket.


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