Bilateral cricket crucial in post-COVID climate - BCCI treasurer
Like all sports across the globe, cricket hasn't been shielded by the financial impact of the COVID-19 break. In an exclusive interview with Cricbuzz, Arun Dhumal - BCCI Treasurer, opens up about the impact on Indian cricket, the board's course of action once normalcy resumes and why ICC tournaments could be sidelined in the near future. EXCERPTS: Can you estimate how much the BCCI stands to lose financially due to the COVID-19 outbreak? We'll be able to assess it once we know when we're going to start [the cricket]. As of now, every bilateral that we miss, we'll be losing money. And if we're not able to organise IPL then that'll lead to a big hit. Not having an IPL would end up with a revenue loss of about INR 4000 crore. Given that IPL will be the priority for BCCI with regards to the health of their finances, what is the plan thereafter? Will certain series be given greater priority than the rest? Priority for BCCI is health and safety of the cricketers, nothing else. Once there is an opportunity available, there is a window, we'd like to organise it [IPL]. There is an 8-year FTP that has already been chalked out by the ICC that is there till 2023. Now every cricket board will be struggling because of the virus. Everybody needs to sit across a table and work out their strategies on how to bring cricket back and how to make up for their losses because all of the boards are going to be suffering these losses and it would affect everyone, and it would impact everyone, all the stakeholders. Once the cricket resumes, we'll talk it out with all the boards and help each other and revive world cricket.