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Richest Cricket Board: Know which cricket association is the wealthiest

There is little doubt that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the richest cricket board in the world. India’s criminal love for the sport for decades has contributed massively to BCCI becoming so wealthy and powerful. The insane amount of wealth generated during Indian cricket team games has led to the Indian cricket board even calling the shots over the International Cricket Council (ICC) at times.

When it comes to the net worth of cricket boards in the world, there is no one who comes remotely close to the might of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The commercialization that happened during the 90s with respect to broadcasting rights and plenty of other aspects made them bigger than anyone else, and that growth hasn’t stopped in over two decades.

Although some boards across the world like the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), West Indies Cricket Board, New Zealand Cricket Board or Cricket South Africa, who have had the great scope of being right up there among the best, but financially, there never got right up there alongside Cricket Australia or BCCI.

There are plenty of factors that contribute to a board’s financial wealth, the primary one however is always having a cricket team that plays well. When the team is doing well, automatically it lures in more crowd and sponsorship deals, which eventually lead to the media houses getting prepared to pay massive amounts for broadcasting rights.

A lot of the cricket boards started tasting massive financial success only after their team started doing well on the field, and it must be noted in some cases, like that of the Sri Lanka or West Indies, whose governing body is struggling to function normally as the team isn’t doing very well.

Clearly, it requires plenty of good minds at the helm to keep a sporting body function lucratively. The growth of the various cricketing leagues have also been major contributors.

Here’s a list of the richest cricket boards in the world.

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Richest Cricket Board: Top 5 list

S.NOCRICKET BOARDNET WORTH (in INR)
1Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)18,011.84
2Cricket Australia (CA)2,843
3England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)2,135
4Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)811
5Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)802

BCCI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India

With an outrageous net worth around INR 18,000 crore, the BCCI, is the biggest and richest cricket board in the world. It is also one of the oldest cricket boards in the world. Besides the massive sponsorship deals and broadcasting rights, BCCI also has the most prolific T20 League in the world, the Indian Premier League, which contributes profusely to its financial success.

Currently headed by Sourav Ganguly, the board is looking to expand its wings further. They have already made the IPL a 10-team affair, and the broadcasting rights are set to hit all-time highs when the bidding opens for the next cycle. The Indian cricket team sponsored by companies like MPL Sports, Ambuja Cement, Star Sports and Hyundai.

CA – Cricket Australia

Major commercial revamps in cricket began in Australia, especially with the World Series, and they are second only to BCCI. Fox Sports currently hold the broadcasting rights for Australia’s games, and they pay around $1.18 billion for the six year cycle from 2018 to 2024.

The success of Big Bash League has played a crucial role as well in making Cricket Australia grow financially. Their net worth is around INR 2,900 crore, but it’s overall revenue per annum is much higher. They have the backing of amazing sponsors like Commonwealth bank, ASICS, Vodafone, Dettol etc.

ECB – England and Wales Cricket Board

Former in 1997, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) just about makes it to the list of top three richest boards in the world. Having won the most recent World Cup, their aim now is to regain their glory in Test cricket, which will not be an easy task.

They have made some big changes in the coaching staff recently, which could result in a change in the current scenario. ECB have a net worth of around INR 2,135 crore, and have some amazing sponsors like Royal London, Sky Sports, BBC Sports, Vitality, IG, Castore and more.

PCB – Pakistan Cricket Board

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is on the rise once again, and after losing hosting rights for more than a decade, they’re getting to host some major cricketing events once again in their country. There was a time when they could’ve gone out of the top 10 richest cricket boards’ list, but they’re marching back up at a rapid pace. The Pakistan cricket team is also doing a fine job, which adds to the progress.

Pakistan Super League (PSL) has helped the Pakistan Cricket Board significantly, especially in bringing cricket back to the country. They have the sponsorship backing of United Bank Limited, Pepsi, HBL, Cool & Cool etc. There is a great chance that PCB could become one of the wealthiest cricket boards in the world in the coming years.

BCB – Bangladesh Cricket Board

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) makes the cut to to the top five richest cricket boards list with a net worth around INR 802 crore. The last decade was significant for the rise of Bangladesh cricket, winning plenty of ODI series against top teams and also making it to the Asia Cup finals 3 times.

The BCB are currently backed by some business giants in their country like Aamra Network, Pan Pacific, Hungry Naki and Walton. Over the last few years, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has surpassed the likes of Cricket South Africa, West Indies cricket board and are looking to make their mark on a global level.

FAQs

Who is the richest cricketer in the world?

Sachin Tendulkar is the richest cricketer in the world (Net worth INR 1,090 crore). Among active cricketers, Virat Kohli takes the apex position (Net worth INR 980 crore).

Which is the richest cricket board in the world (2022)?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the richest cricket board in the world with a net worth well in excess of INR 30,000 crore.

Which is the richest cricket board in India?

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is the richest state board in India.

Which is the poorest cricket board in the world?

As it stands, Sri Lankan Cricket board ranks at the bottom of this list of cricket boards among those boards which have existed for over two decades.

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