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The BCCI has raised reservations against the budget allocated to next year’s Champions Trophy to be played in England. Last month, the board wrote an e-mail to the ICC seeking clarification for the reason the ECB was being allocated a sum of money which was “three times” that allotted to the BCCI for hosting the World Twenty20 earlier this year.
“There is a big difference in costs,” a senior BCCI official said. “We have been looking at the figures [allotted for Champions Trophy] and the total tournament cost is significantly higher. At least three times higher than what we do here.
“For us they audit, say ‘Reduce this, don’t do this.’ Similarly, why not do the same for everyone?”
The BCCI wants to understand how the budget for the Champions Trophy, which will be played at three venues between June 1 and 18, can be higher than the 27-day World T20, which was played in seven cities across India. The BCCI in its e-mail had also pointed out that a total of 58 matches, including both men’s and women’s fixtures, were played during the World T20 as opposed to the 15 games scheduled to be played during the Champions Trophy.
The ICC promptly responded to the BCCI questionnaire on the Champions Trophy budget, although no details have been divulged from either parties. An ICC spokesperson said the ICC and the ECB produced a draft budget for the Champions Trophy based on the delivery of a high-quality event in that market which was then, as per the norm, circulated among member boards for comments. The budget was then represented during the ICC’s annual conference in Edinburgh for ratification. This budget is monitored by the ICC throughout the event.
Despite speculation of the Champions Trophy budget being upwards of US $100 million, it is understood that the overall budget for the quadrennial ICC tournament is less than $60 million. The total operational costs calculated for the Champions Trophy is about $23 million, while the fixed costs, which include host fee, member fee, prize money, is about $20 million.
The remaining costs of approximately US$17 million, which is the major difference between the World T20 and Champions Trophy budgets, is for marketing and publicity expenses, but will be covered under the Value in Kind (VIK) with no direct cost to the ICC or its members.