Venues for the next three World Cups decided
The big story over the weekend was obviously the grant of the staging rights for the 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cups. In one single shot, the ICC awarded 2011 to Asia, 2015 to Australasia and 2019 to England
I wonder how the ICC would react if the governments of Australia, New Zealand or the UK suddenly withdrew the tax exemption status for hosting the event.
Of course, I still remain singularly unconvinced by the BCCI's turnaround in thinking
. Unless there is some loophole they've discovered which helps them make millions of moolahs. One option could be corporate boxes.
Stadiums in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka can host, on an average, 40000 spectators for a game. I'd assume that the boards would sell around 5000-10000 of those tickets to the corporate world, who'd be more than happy to lap up those tickets at a price upwards of Rs. 5,000 per ticket and host politicians, existing and potential clients, employees (?) etc. So even on the lower end of the bargain, the cricket boards would be able to sell 5000 tickets at Rs. 5,000 each to pocket a cool Rs. 2.5 crores. I know this calculation may not be too applicable outside of India, given the relative sizes & performances of the national economies, but there could still be significant sums earned by the boards through these corporate 'boxes', especially when you multiply that amount per game by the number of games!
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