01 November 2009

ROI: Football versus Cricket

Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced a budget of 68 Lakhs (Appx. $90,000). I found that number shockingly low when compared to ANFA who just between their grants from FIFA and AFC get around $430,000 (3.35 Crores). That does not even account FIFA Goal Project funding or domestic sponsorship and allowances which easily add a few hundred thousand dollars more to that total.

Looking at the numbers, one would have to conclude that cricket easily offers Nepal ten times the return on investment that football does. While both CAN and ANFA should do some soul searching at their poor record at developing their sports at the grassroots levels, with less coaches, facilities, sponsorship, etc., our cricketers have been able to muster far better results than their football counterparts by reaching the finals or semi-finals of virtually every international tournament they participate in. Obviously Nepal is not playing against the likes of Australia and India in cricket, but neither are they competing with Asian powerhouses Japan and Korea in football.

8 comments:

  1. Comparison between success in football and cricket cannot be done. Cricket is less competitive in comparison to football. While in football we've to play against more advanced and competitive Asian sides whereas in cricket the competing nations are upcoming. Though it is right and fact that in football we haven't have any major international success. And as a football fan, I think ANFA should review its youth policy after this dismal performance at u19 and u16(particularly) tournaments.

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  2. I agree you cannot directly compare the two sports, but if cricket and football were stocks which would be the better buy? Right now football is "sell" and cricket is a "hold" :) and that's coming from someone who is not much of a cricket fan and absolutely football pagal.

    Agree with you that ANFA definitely needs to review its LACK of a youth policy

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  3. CricketFootball.comJuly 20, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Biplav Jee, I am sharing your article on our website and of course with mentioning source and your name.

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  4. cricketfootball.comJuly 21, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Biplav Jee, sorry I forgot to check the date :-( I thought it was recent article related to new budget. Anyway, thanks for your approval. It will be really nice to get connected and perhaps you would approve other articles too for our page. It is www.cricketfootball.com

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  5. Nice website you guys have. I've linked your site in the links section and will let people know on the Facebook page.

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  6. CAN has allocated a budget of Rs. 90.57 million for 2011/2012 whereas, ANFA has approved Rs. 78.4 million. CAN clearly looks like a winner here. Has something changed drastically in two years or has the amount been incorrectly reported. I always thought CAN was poorer.

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  7. ANFA gets grants of around 700-800 Thousand dollars from FIFA and AFC. So in total their budget is probably around 10 Crores now.

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