The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s finance account is sound notwithstanding the Covid epidemic and the resultant cancellation of matches. Additionally, the recent IPL media rights bonanza is not included. According to a BCCI internal financial note, the Indian board was able to utilize its good offices to not only make up the whole income loss caused by bilateral cancellations (2018-2023) but also to get an additional 218 crore from broadcasters Disney Star.

Given that the BCCI was facing losses due to the cancellation of bilateral agreements, the relocation of the 2021 T20 World Cup from India to the UAE, and the suspension of the IPL midway through the season in 2021, the board sprang into action, combining financial might with astute diplomacy to put together alternate series for every match lost due to Covid.

As a consequence, the rear half of the current bilateral cycle is now stuck in scheduling chaos. However, India’s triumph against Australia in 2021 at the Gabba has shown the strength of their depth. Since then, India has freely deployed backup squads both at home and abroad to lessen the effect of too much cricket. Jay Shah, the board secretary, has mentioned maintaining a roster of 50 players on hand to enable simultaneous matches on other continents.

The initial contractual obligations were met when BCCI sold the bilateral rights in 2018 for an average price of 60 crores each match. Two home T20I matches against South Africa had to be postponed in March 2020 because of a Covid injury.

In the year that followed, Covid persisted unabatedly, but the athletic ecology found methods to thrive by making bio-bubbles and playing cricket in empty stadiums. However, attention has switched to the relocation of the 2021 World Cup and protecting IPL money. In 2020–21, India may not play much bilateral cricket at home due to the cancellation of one Test against England in favor of two T20 Internationals. The financially undesirable 3-match home ODI series against Zimbabwe was canceled as a result of the ODI Super League’s removal from the ICC’s shelf (each nation having to play eight other countries home and away to qualify for the World Cup). India’s reserve squad will travel to Zimbabwe next month to maintain cricket in that nation.