Author: Abhishek Rajan
The former Zimbabwe skipper Alistair Campbell doesn’t think that the smaller teams in world cricket have got enough money to organize a lot of cricket matches on their turf.
ICC has been keen on the global development of the game for the last couple of years and has been contemplating different measures, but it doesn’t seem as if the game has been growing as rapidly at the world level as it should be.
According to Campbell, when ICC turns the associate countries into full members, it increases the amount of money to be granted to them, but the cost of operation as an associate country is not as high as it gets when you become a full member.
When you are an associate, you can do without a proper corporate structure because ICC is taking care of a lot of your requirements including the travelling and lodging, but when you become a full member, you are on your own.
So, even if ICC is giving you more money than it was previously, it’s nowhere near enough because ICC is not taking care of your requirements anymore.
Two new countries whom ICC has granted the Test status in the recent years are Ireland and Afghanistan, but they have played just 3 or 4 Test matches each, since being given the Test status.
Campbell insists that the main reason behind the smaller countries not playing as much of cricket as they would have liked to is the lack of funds.
“When you’re an Associate country, the ICC’s paying for your flights, accommodation (when you tour), and now, suddenly, like Ireland and Afghanistan are seeing, they say, “Okay, you’re big boys. Here’s your money, sort your own problems.” Campbell was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“I don’t think people quite understand how costly it is to host a game of cricket if you don’t have a proper TV rights contract. Lot of countries like Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands want to play more, but cannot because the cash is not there.” Campbell added.
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