Responding to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s proposal of a Super Series involving India, Australia and England, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts called the move innovative but said it was important to help other cricketing members and boards to also earn revenue.
As per Roberts, the Super Series could prevent the ICC from conducting a global event, which would mean cricket boards and teams of New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh not playing much and in turn could result to less revenue. After a recent meeting with Ganguly in London, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced it was open to discussions, but Roberts weighed in on the matter, believing the implementation of the idea leads could harm the revenue aspect of other cricket boards.
“I think it’s an example of the innovative thinking coming out of the BCCI with Sourav Ganguly as president,” Roberts told ESPNCricinfo.
“In his very short time, only a couple of months, we have already seen India commit to and host a day-night Test in Kolkata, so a brilliant result there. And now a suggestion around the Super Series, another potential innovation. We will be in India next month and Bangladesh talking about the future cricket calendar. We’re in discussions with New Zealand as well and I was recently in Pakistan talking about the importance of our future partnership with Pakistan.
The opening day of the MCG Test saw a record attendance of 80, 473 people with nearly 16000 being New Zealanders. Roberts’ comments also come in the wake of the decreasing number of Boxing Day Tests played by New Zealand in Australia. Following three consecutive years of financial losses, Cricket New Zealand is struggling to find revenue streams and Roberts firmly believes cricket should come together in a way that all boards and teams garner sufficient revenues.
“We’re really respectful of the importance of our international cricket relationships and our role as a leader in world cricket in supporting the development of cricket in other countries. We’re really looking forward to hosting Afghanistan next year and that is an example of our commitment to world cricket. We have discussions with all member nations of the ICC and take really seriously our role to partner them and working together with them to grow the game,” Roberts added.
“We’re just trying to be a good proactive partner to both the ICC and its members. Cricket is part of the fabric of Australian culture and we’ve got to play our part to make sure it remains and become an even stronger part of other countries around the world. Cricket is more or less a religion on the sub-continent. It’s absolutely the favourite sport in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. We’ve got to try and make sure we see the game emerging in countries all around the world.”