New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister and former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, Imran Khan on Monday said that money is a big player in world cricket currently, not just for the players but also the cricket boards all around the globe, adding that since BCCI is one of the richest boards in the world, India can pretty much dictate cricket worldwide.Also Read - IPL New Team Auction: RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group Bags Lucknow; CVC Capital Wins Ahmedabad Franchise
The 69-year-old former World Cup-winning captain further went on to add that since money lies in India, whatever they say goes in world cricket. Also Read - Paras Mhambrey Applies For Team India's Bowling Coach Job
“Money is a big player now. For the players, as well as for the cricket boards. The money lies in India, so basically, India controls world cricket now,” PM Khan told Middle East Eye in an interview, according to a report by arysports.tv. Also Read - Imran Khan to Shahid Afridi, How Ex-Pakistan Cricketers Lauded Babar Azam And Co For Historic Win Over India
“I mean, they do, whatever they say goes. No one would dare do that to India because they know that the sums involved, India can sort of produce much more money,” he added.
Talking about England’s decision to withdraw their team from touring Pakistan, the former Pakistan allrounder said he has witnessed the evolution of Pakistan-England cricket ties over the years and there is still a feeling in England that they do a great favour in playing countries like Pakistan.
Slamming England, he further went on to elaborate his point by stating the reason behind England still thinking like that and maintained his stance by saying money is a major factor.
“I have seen the evolution of Pakistan-England cricket ties over the years. I think that there is still this feeling in England that they do a great favour to play countries like Pakistan. One of the reasons is that, obviously, the money,” he said.
According to a report by IANS in the month of January, the Indian cricket board, the world’s wealthiest of the game, was worth a colossal Rs 14,489.80 crore at the end of the financial year 2018-19, having added Rs 2,597.19 crore to its financial might. This was as per the latest balance sheet available which was accessed by IANS.