(LONDON,AFP) — Former England captain Tony Greig has urged India to accept the “spirit of cricket is more important than generating billions of dollars”.
India is cricket’s economic powerhouse, driving the finance of the global game through the sponsorship and broadcast deals that derive from the sport’s huge popularity in the world’s second most populous nation.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also oversees the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League franchise tournament.
However, many observers believe the BCCI has used its huge influence for its own interests rather than those of the global game and that, as a result, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not functioning properly.
They cite as evidence the BCCI's ongoing refusal to accept the television replay Decision Review System (DRS), despite repeated calls for its universal implementation by senior ICC committees.