The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) president, Narayanaswami Srinivasan has rejected suggestion that the board is only concerned about generating revenues and is controlling the world cricket, saying their good deeds are not getting noticed due to excessive negative publicity.
“I don’t agree with what they [the critics] say. Some of the comments are not fair to BCCI. That the BCCI are bothered only about money, I think, is incorrect,” the Telegraph quoted Srinivasan, as saying.
“Until the late 1990s, the president of the MCC was always president of ICC, and I don’t remember people asking ECB and MCC such questions when for decades they were in control. I don’t see the BCCI as being in control,” he added.
“It just so happens that a lot of sponsorship money comes out of India. That doesn’t mean BCCI controls cricket. That is the wrong perception,” he said.
Srinivasan added: “The positive things we have done have not been highlighted. We have not gone and publicised it but we have made changes. First, we have improved infrastructure for cricket in this country.”
“We have 22 one-day international venues, and with the resources we have got from media rights, we have a policy where every association gets a grant up to $10 million to build stadiums,” he said.
“We take cricket to rural India. England will play in three new stadiums [Rajkot, Ranchi and Dharamsala] during the one-day series. All these have been created because of the policies of the BCCI,” he further added.