There was a lot of news around the corner about India ruling out of this year’s ICC Champions Trophy.
It is now certain that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not raise the issue of boycotting from the upcoming Champions Trophy at the International Cricket Cricket (ICC) meet next week.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) met acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary at the Suburban hotel in Mumbai on Friday to share notes before Choudhary departs on Friday night for the important ICC meet.
A BCCI source told India Today that Choudhary communicated to the CoA that India pulling out of the Champions Trophy was not an option. The Choudhary-COA meet lasted for an hour where the committee representative Vikram Limaye gave the acting secretary a low down on why they contend that the revised ICC revenue sharing model was unscientific.
The BCCI is banking on Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka to back their position and oppose the revised revenue model that was passed at the February meeting by ICC.
During the meet, the big three formula which assured the BCCI 21% proceeds from ICC’s revenue was scrapped. While the BCCI would have earned around $450 million as per the Big three deal, the revised revenue model will bring its share down to approximately $260 million in the 2015-23 cycle.
While the old guard, as well, as the court-appointed men in the BCCI would now know that getting swinging votes in ICC was no longer easy, Choudhary’s primary task would be to convince enough member boards to at least delay a vote on the matter till the annual conference in June.
Meanwhile, former BCCI president and current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar’s stance in meeting remains crucial.