THE SUCCESS OF INDIAN CRICKET AND ITS ROLE IN EVOLUTION AS A GLOBAL SPORT
How Indian cricket transformed into a commercial powerhouse and its potential in carrying out Cricket as a popular sport throughout the world
Sociologist Ashish Nandy describes Cricket in his famous phrase,’ An Indian game Accidentally Discovered by British’. Cricket has evolved in India through its cultural diversity different languages and regions which all suited to its national character. Cricket First Played in India During the British colonisation in the 19th century When Englishman used to play for their leisure and to Inaugurate Relations with their colonial ruler’s several kings and Nawabs of princely states Started to become proficient in game of cricket. Indian cricket in successive years has come a long way. Ever since the indian team gained its test status in 1932 it took Nearly 4 decades to mark their presence in gentleman game when they first beat West Indies, England and New Zealand in away tours. But 1983 world cup triumph was always remained a great feat in the history of Indian cricket as it empowers millions of youth to go in mad obsession with game
REVOLUTION OF IPL, A COMMERCIAL POWERHOUSE
India is today the commercial centre of gravity of the game and accounts for nearly 80% of the game’s Revenue. Indian Premier League, a Franchise based t-20 which was started in 2008 has achieved tremendous success in terms of money it generates. In 2017, its Media rights were sold for mammoth 16000 crores for only 5 years. Over the years IPL became a Global Epicenter of T-20 Cricket Where Some of the Finest Players around the world plays here. The 7-week long Tournament is regarded as a Laboratory of 20 over Cricket and creates World-class platform for young domestic lads as well as emerging talents from other Associate Nations, likes of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rehman and Sandeep Lamichagne are such named who make most of this opportunity.
BCCI GOVERNING POWER AND INCLUSION OF CRICKET IN OLYMPICS’S
Indian Cricket became a commercial juggernaut and it redefined the way Global Cricket Governs. BCCI brings in the money that runs cricket globally and in return, it gets what it wants- Power and with power in their hands BCCI holds the future prospects of the game. Board has an important role in the way of the global development of game and cricket’s sustainability in the long run. For long BCCI has been against cricket inclusion in Olympics and other Multi-sports events because the board will lose its autonomy and a certain amount of revenue. In times to come if BCCI agrees to ICC proposal, many Associate members would be benefited because Cricket then Became a sport Financially supported by Respected Governments. Inclusion also enhances India’s chances of getting an Olympics medals
THE AFGHAN CRICKET STORY AND INDIA’S HELPING HANDS
BCCI helped Afghanistan cricket by offering them a ‘home away from home’ to practice and play international Cricket in India. Dehradun newly constructed stadium is home ground for a Cricketing Nation whose journey has many ups and downs. Their story is full of courage and determination. Board has also played an active role in the rise of its other neighbours. In 2000 Jagmohan Dalmia, as ICC chairman helped Bangladesh in becoming the 10th Nation to be given Test status. India also provides training grounds for Nepal Cricket team after major earthquakes occur. Much live England India Could help these minnow Nations in Building First class and List A pool of players by allowing their players in Participating Domestic tournaments in India
ICC’S FUTURE PROPOSALS AND BCCI LEADERSHIP POST COVID-19
while aspiring to become a global presence like FIFA, ICC also took a step forward by giving T-20 Status to All its Associate members and with New revenue sharing model These 92 Associate Nations would receive total funding of $280 million from ICC all this came under India’s Shashank Manohar tenure as ICC chairman. In April, BCCI expresses their views to lead the post-COVID-19 Cricket world as it proposes a new revenue distribution system that will look after all Cricket boards. With the COVID-19 outbreak causing havoc almost every other Cricket board, especially weaker Nations will need the BCCI support to make up for all financial loses.
Lastly, India had strong potential in being the flag bearer of cricket for becoming a global sport. Only they could take the game in a more democratic way. With a personality like Saurav Ganguly who sits on BCCI topmost chair game’s future looks more appeal