With the recent and almost constant fighting within the West Indies over cash and contracts and the horrible state of WI cricket finances (recently illustrated here http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/west...ry/254569.html) I have a question.
This question is a thought exercise that I would like analysed on a purely financial basis and not on any other criteria especially not emotional or historical. I am not advocating the idea just whether theoretically there could be benefits.
Question- Would West Indies cricket benefit financially if there were 2 Test and ODI teams within the region. Lets say for example Jamaica becomes a seperate cricketing entity and the rest of the West Indies carries on under the West Indian banner?
There would be 2 TV contracts
More teams touring the region
Fierce local rivalries played out at the highest international level
More diverse sponsorship opportunities
etc. Would there be more money?
On a playing level it would make a difference but Jamaica is not much smaller than New Zealand (just under 3 mil compared to just over 4 mil) and Zimbabwe formed a half decent Test team from a tiny white population
Extract from Wiki about Zimbabwe-
"The white population dropped from a peak of 275,000 in 1970 to possibly 120,000 in 1999, and was estimated at little more than 85,000 in 2006"
So both teams from the region should be able to produce teams worth the crowd and TV paying to watch
Again, Im not advocating the idea, just wondering if people thought from a purely financial viewpoint whether it would have benefits.