Every cricket playing nation has a cricket board. Mostly all cricket boards are rich enough to pay their players and workers time to time. cricket boards across the globe have come up with several lucrative T20 leagues such as the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and the recent Pakistan Super League to generate more and more revenues. The short commercials after every over and drinks break, jersey sponsorship, tournament title sponsorship offers huge opportunities for the boards to make a considerable amount of money. Today we shall be taking a look at the top 10 richest cricket boards in the world based on their disclosed net worth.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the national governing body for the game of cricket in India. The board was created in December 1928. Its headquarters are currently in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai with Mr. C.K Khanna being the acting president.
After India’s triumphant 1983 World Cup, the face of Indian cricket changed completely. With the contribution of its former president Jagmohan Dalmiya, the arrival of the Indian Premier League in 2008 and the immense fan base in India to make it a massive success, BCCI became the richest cricket board in the world. BCCI has a net worth US $295 million which is almost four times of that of the second richest cricket board.
2) CSA-South Africa:
Cricket South Africa (CSA) is the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in South Africa. The board was originally formed as the United Cricket Board of South Africa in 1991 and later changed to Cricket South Africa.
Cricket South Africa is currently the second richest cricket board in the world. It has a net worth of $79 Million. CSA receives most of its revenue from the television rights.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the governing body of cricket in England and Wales. It was formed on 1st January 1997. As England were the inventor of the game, the following for all three formats of the game is equal in the country.
England is the inventor of the shortest form of the game as well and it is the first country to host an ODI World Cup. It is also set to host the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. With a net worth $59 Million, England and Wales Cricket Board stands third in the list of richest cricket boards in the world.
Pakistan Cricket Board is the controlling body for the game of cricket in Pakistan. It was founded as Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan in 1948 but on 28 July 1952, it has been changed to its current name. Despite being affected by terrorism and moving its home games to Dubai, the fan base in Pakistan, television rights and the frequent foreign tours have ensured PCB does fairly well on the economic front.
Currently, PCB is the fourth richest cricketing boards in the world with a net worth of $55 Million.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is the governing body of cricket in Bangladesh. It was founded in 1972 as Bangladesh Cricket Control Board (BCCB and later changed to BCB). BCB became a full-time member of International Cricket Council in June 2000. Bangladesh was the host of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 along with India and Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh Cricket Board has recently become the fifth richest cricket board in the world with a net worth of $51 Million.