The current Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle feels that the COVID-19 pandemic will be vulnerable to the financial situation of the cricket boards, which especially includes associate cricket boards. Harsha started the argument by pointing towards the India vs Australia Test series in the latter half of this year.
He feels that it is quite interesting that the influential cricket boards are just considerate about their own financial situation, regardless of the interests of the ICC. “Interesting that Australia and India are open to playing a five-test series later this year if conditions improve. In these financially troubled times, I foresee cricket boards protecting their financial interests even if it means conflict with the ICC”, Bhogle said.
Moreover, he said that the ICC vs national board tussle will result in the losses to associate cricket nations and even cricket boards of Sri Lanka and New Zealand. “You have to feel for the associates who will be hit the most if there is an ICC vs national board tussle. But remember places like the West Indies, Afghanistan, Ireland, Sri Lanka and to a lesser extent, New Zealand will be affected too in the inevitable prioritization”, Harsha said.
“And we aren't even seeing the tail of this coronavirus yet. If Australia is in financial pain, it is grim news for almost everyone else he concluded” he concluded. Remember, CA recently announced the pay cut of its players and staff after losing 12.6 million dollars in the first two months of the pandemic.