BCCI chief confident of taking Indian cricket higher

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/shashank-manohar.jpg' class='caption'> The BCCI has weathered the storm triggered by the financial scandal that rocked the IPL earlier this year, Board President Shashank Manohar said.

Updated: September 29, 2010 13:27 IST
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The BCCI has weathered the storm triggered by the financial scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League earlier this year, Board President Shashank Manohar said on Wednesday.

"The Board has weathered several storms during the year and I am happy to say that the entire Board stood as one unit and supported the decisions taken by the Office Bearers," said Manohar in his annual message to the Board members.

"I am sure that we will come out stronger and pursue our goal to take Indian cricket to greater heights," he has written in the Board's annual report for 2009-10.

Terming the year under review a mixed bag of results on the cricket field, Manohar hailed batting icon Sachin Tendulkar for having completed two decades in international cricket and becoming the first men's player to score a double hundred in ODI history.

"The year under review has been a mixed bag in terms of the achievements of our teams in the International Tournaments. The Indian team performed consistently well in Tests to attain the top position in ICC Test rankings.

"However a not-so-consistent performance in One Day Internationals saw our position fluctuate between second and third place in ODI rankings," he said.

"Our performance in the ICC T20 World Cup has not been up to the mark yet again. However, the Womem's team reached the Semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup," he noted.

Giving more details of the difficulties encountered by the Board, treasurer M P Pandove said in his report that "the best way out of difficulty is through it".

Mentioning the Board went through some difficult times during 2009-10 and that "various scrutinies are taking place" (by the tax and other authorities), Pandove was happy that the BCCI was able "to follow the schedule and timelies for putting up the detailed account of events and financial reports" for the year.

The overall income of BCCI, excluding IPL and CLT20, rose to Rs 847 crore as against Rs 711 crore during 2008-09.

The IPL suffered a loss of Rs 41.90 crore against a budgeted shortfall of Rs 33.90 crore which was also because of the increase in expenses because of it being shifted to South Africa, Pandove said in his report.

The Champions League generated a profit of Rs 39-27 crore while the loss of IPL has been calculated after the provision of Rs 202.61 crore as OPL subvention to member state associations, which were considered IPL expenses.

The net surplus for the Board was Rs 63.18 crore after taking into consideration the net deficit from IPL and surplus from CLT20, according to the Board's treasurer.

The surplus from tours increased from Rs 135 to Rs 154.53 crore, the gross revenue share distributed to players increased from Rs 35.38 crore to Rs 44.78 crore which was in addition to Rs 12.70 crore paid to international cricketers along with match fees and other allowances to both international and domestic players.

The BCCI also disbursed Rs 128.45 crore as infrastructure subsidy to its affiliated associations for creating and developing new infrastructure as well as upgradation of existing ones, Pandove said.

The Board had spent Rs 16.11 crore as monthly gratis to 919 former cricketers and umpires and also released Rs 13.89 crore to sports persons from other games of the country.

It also spent Rs 53.60 crore in conducting various domestic tournaments for seniors and juniors, he added.

Board chief Manohar, in his message, has pointed out the commencement of specialised academies by the Board for batting, spin bowling, wicket keeping and fast bowling.

According to him, the most significant development in the year was the purchase of land at Bangalore for relocating the National Cricket Academy along with other facilities, including a full-fledged rehabilitation centre.

Manohar also expressed his satisfaction that almost all the affiliated members of the Board have set up a cricket academy with some of them "creating excellent indoor cricket facilities."  

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