'The Big Three' remain the dominant powers of cricket

MANCHESTER: It is possible that each one had some mistakes along the way, but it may not be a surprise that Cricket three richest nations - England India and Australia - They are in the semifinals of the world cup.

The tournament, which will generate around £ 400 million ($ 500 million) in transmission revenues alone, is key to financing the International Cricket Council 's work in developing the sport. Yet most of the money still finds its way to Cricket 's richest countries.

In the 2016-23 broadcasting cycle, of which the 2019 and 2023 World Cup are the key events, some 93 "associate" or junior Cricket nations stand to receive £175 million from the ICC, whereas India will get £320 million alone.

While the 'Big Three' can also achieve lucrative domestic transmission agreements, teams based in poorer local economies such as South Africa and the West Indies are struggling to compete.

They face the constant threat of players quitting international Cricket to pursue more lucrative careers in one of the numerous Twenty20 franchise competitions that have sprung up following the huge success of the Indian Premier League.

When promising South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier announced he was halting his Proteas career to join English county side Yorkshire, it prompted West Indies captain Jason Holder to call in February for the ICC to introduce a minimum wage for international Cricket .

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who spoke last week before his team finished its World Cup campaign in the group stage, said: Looking at the side of a day, the players who will move out of the Proteas possibly they will go to T20. circuit.

That will become the biggest problem for all of us to try to stay away from all the players. And that includes me.

New Zealand, the fourth qualifier for the semifinals, was quicker than most to adapt the realities of the modern game by allowing the best players to figure in the IPL, although they were helped by the lack of a clash with their national season. .

They are proof of how a team with a relatively small base of play can, with a good identification of talent and organization, remain competitive on the world stage.

But for countries trying to manage larger Cricket populations against a background of economic weakness, the situation remains complicated.

Cricket South Africa is one of a number of national boards who are simply unable to offer their players anything like the money available in T20 leagues or county Cricket .

And although du Plessis would be delighted if Holder's call were answered, he was pessimistic about the possibilities of a major financial change in the short term.

That is the perfect world, but we do not live in a perfect world, he said.

Sri Lanka, New Zealand, the West Indies and Pakistan: I think we all fall into the same category, as maybe second-tier nations and then you get your upper level, which is a bit different.

The West Indies are a great example. They are probably the worst and that is why they have lost so many players in the circuit.

"I think England , Australia , India will always be the higher-paid nations.

Obviously, the currency is very strong, but also the packages that pay them (their players) are obviously very different from their smaller countries.

If that changes, it will be amazing for the rest of the world, but I think it is far from happening.

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