ICC Champions Trophy: BCCI likely to select Indian squad on Monday, 8th May

The scuffle between the BCCI and the COA about India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy was put to rest on Thursday after the latter wrote a stern letter asking the BCCI to announce the squad immediately.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli during the press conference. Picture courtesy: indianexpress.com
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India won the Champions Trophy in 2013

The BCCI was unhappy after being snubbed at the ICC’s meet to discuss the new governance and revenue model. With the implementation of the new model the BCCI’s revenue is to be reduced from $570mn to $293mn. Unhappy with the change and the ICC unwilling to negotiate beyond an additional $100mn, the BCCI decided to pull out of the Champions Trophy. A move which would result in huge losses to the ICC and the broadcasters of the event. The Supreme Court appointed COA however, was of the opinion that players’ interest is paramount and that India should be participating in the big event.

The scuffle between the BCCI and the COA about India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy was put to rest on Thursday after the latter wrote a stern letter asking the BCCI to announce the squad immediately.

The letter read:

“It would be appropriate to make all necessary preparations for ensuring that Team India can successfully defend its title in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which commences on 1st June 2017. You are aware that the squad representing India at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was to be submitted by 25th April 2017 but the squad has not even been selected as yet. Please convene a meeting of the selection committee for selecting the squad immediately. The squad can then be submitted to the ICC without prejudice to BCCI’s legal rights.”

“We believe that any decision taken at the SGM should be predicated on the fact that India has the best team in the world today. Team India should be provided with a supportive environment to showcase Indian cricket instead of being surrounded with uncertainty and confusion. There has been more than enough negativity surrounding Team India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy and the sooner the same is put to rest the better. The players’ interests are paramount and they must be given the best chance to prepare for, defend and retain the ICC Champions Trophy. The focus should be on enabling our team to achieve even greater heights and further laurels, which will automatically attract higher revenues.”

However the team selection does not confirm BCCI’S decision as the final decision would be made only on the Special general meeting on Sunday.

Speaking to News18.com’s Cricknext, a senior BCCI official said “Yes, the team will be selected on Monday as we want to work in tandem with the Committee of Administrators and don’t want to delay the process of team selection. But yes, that doesn’t change our stance as far as withdrawing from the tournament is concerned.To be fair, announcing the team doesn’t have a bearing on BCCI’s final decision on whether India will play in the tournament or not. The agenda for Sunday’s meeting remains the same.”(As reported by Cricnext-News18.com)

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