'Pakistan has been marginalised' says Ali Bacher

Ali Bacher criticized the marginalization of cricket boards, including South Africa and Pakistan

'Pakistan has been marginalised' says Ali Bacher PHOTO: AFP

Ali Bacher, the former president of Cricket South Africa and a key figure in the commercialization of cricket broadcasting, has raised concerns about the dominance of India, Australia, and England in shaping the international cricket calendar.

While talking to Press Trust India (PTI), Bacher criticized the marginalization of other cricket boards, including South Africa and Pakistan. He expressed discomfort with the apparent hegemony of a select few boards, emphasizing the need to grow the game globally.

"When I was the chairman of ICC's development committee, my objective was to spread the game. It's not happening today. Cricket today is dominated by India, Australia, England. South Africa has been marginalised, Pakistan has been marginalised, West Indies has been marginalised. That's not good," Bacher said.

Bacher emphasized the importance of developing smaller cricketing nations and expressed his profound passion for the growth of the game beyond the influential trio of boards.

"You need to grow the game. The problem is that finance of world cricket is dominated by India and 70 per cent of world cricket money comes through India from whatever direction. I would like to see development of smaller nations, that was my profound passion," he further added.

Bacher also criticized the International Cricket Council's plans to promote cricket in the United States. He questioned the feasibility of investing billions of dollars to popularize the sport in a country where cricket has traditionally held a niche status.

"You need billions and billions of dollars to get a small niche of that (USA) market. To be honest, I called it a day after two occasions. It wasn't going to happen. The way it should happen is, growth of cricket should be in Asia. There is enormous potential. Not in the USA as its far too expensive," he concluded.