BCCI is the richest board in the world. The T20 league is the biggest league of IPL cricket. If it is compared only with Euro Cup, then IPL does not stand anywhere. Prize money of Rs 50 crore is given in IPL. This amount is more than the prize money of Cricket World Cup. On the other hand, if we talk about the current Euro Cup, an amount of Rs 3300 crore will be given in the current season as prize money. That is, there is a difference of 66 times in this itself. Apart from this, the BCCI gets a revenue of about 5 thousand crores from IPL. At the same time, the revenue of Euro Cup held in 2016 was Rs 16280 crore. That is, about 11 thousand crore rupees more.
Not a single cricketer in the top 50 earning players
Recently, Forbes released the list of top-50 highest-paid players of the year 2021. There was no cricketer in it. Eight football players were included in the list. There are three footballers in the list of top-10 earning players. Argentina’s Lionel Messi is second overall with Rs 957 crore. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is at number three with Rs 883 crore and Neymar of Brazil is at number six with Rs 693 crore.
Kohli’s earnings were Rs 197 crores
Last year, Forbes released the list of top-100 highest-paid players. In this, only one player got a place as a cricketer. Indian captain Virat Kohli was at number 66 with Rs 197 crore. That is, Kohli’s earnings are less than football’s top player Lionel Messi by about Rs 760 crore. Apart from Messi, there are other football players as well. Whereas when it comes to cricket, no one other than Kohli is involved in it.
Cricket’s franchise 500 crores and football’s club earned 6300 crores
Talking about the teams involved in IPL, a franchise makes a profit of about 400 to 500 crores in a season. At the same time, the earnings of the football club are many times more. According to Deloitte’s report, last year Spanish club Barcelona earned the highest amount of about Rs 6300 crore as a football club. However, due to Corona, the top-20 club has suffered a loss of Rs 17000 crore. Even after this, his earnings are much more than cricket.
FIFA has 211 and ICC only has 105 members
FIFA, the world body of football, was formed 117 years ago in 1904 and today it has the highest number of 211 members worldwide. Football is also the most popular sport in the world. On the other hand, the ICC, the world body of cricket, came into existence 112 years ago in 1909. It has 105 members. That is, 106 countries less than football. In cricket, except the top-8 countries, others lack from infrastructure to good players. On the other hand there is no such shortage in football. Football is also included in the Olympics. Cricket on the other hand was played in the Olympics in 1900. After this till date he has not got a place in the Olympics. Efforts are on to include it in the 2028 Olympics. The BCCI is also supporting the ICC in this matter.
80 in football and only 23 teams in cricket could play the World Cup
Behind the promotion of football, small teams also get a chance in big tournaments. So far 80 teams have got a chance to play at least once in the FIFA World Cup. New players and new infrastructure are available due to the World Cup. On the other hand, when it comes to Cricket World Cup (ODI and T20), only 23 teams have got a chance so far. In such a situation, the number of teams in big tournaments is still less. Because of this ICC has taken a big step. In the meeting recently, under the Future Tour Program (FTP) of 2023-31, it was decided to include 14 teams in the ODI World Cup and 20 teams in the T20 World Cup.
ICC sees big market for cricket in America
The ICC is very excited about cricket in America. International matches are also being held there. T20 matches between India and Windies have been played there. Although cricket in America is still in its very early stages. Club cricket is going to start there. Kolkata Knight Riders has also bought a club there. Talking about sports, America is a big market. If cricket is successful there, then this game will benefit a lot.
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