Former PCB chairman says increasing India's share of ICC earnings makes 'no sense'.

Former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani is concerned about international cricket's health following revelations that India would receive a significant share from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) media rights deal for 2024-27, which is worth $3 billion.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to receive 38.5% of the net surplus earnings from the ICC which is much higher compared to its 22% share in the current 2015-23 deal, according to ESPNcricinfo.

"The (proposed revenue distribution model) will be giving the most money to the country that needs it the least, which makes no sense," Mani, who was ICC president from 2003-06 and stepped down from the Pakistan Cricket Board in 2021, told Forbes in an exclusive interview.

I think it's very unfortunate. There's no strategic thinking about the development of the global game. There's no vision.

Mani also stated that cricket should grow beyond its traditional base rather than just relying on India.

"It only takes one downturn in an economic cycle for the ICC members to be affected. There is far too much reliance on India," he said.

"If the ICC wants a truly global game and diversify its financial reliance, the country to develop is the US I would have put $20-30...

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