Speculation and talks have been around the corner about recent BCCI and ICC rift on revenue sharing model and eyebrows are raised nationwide when all other teams have declared their squads for Champions Trophy, India is yet to announce. Even participation of India somewhat is in doubt.
Vinod Rai, head of Committee of Administrators, today said that India’s Champions Trophy participation would be known after BCCI SGM on May 7th and they are ready for all possible scenarios.
BCCI already skipping the ICC deadline 25th may, Squad is not declared but Rai didn’t want to read too much into it.
“There is no such thing as a deadline. The Champions Trophy will start on June 1. The deadlines are fixed so that there is some kind of system in place,” Rai told reporters on the sidelines of a book launch.
On the possible options:
“How can I tell you now? We are ready with all possible scenarios. So let the process happen which is supposed to take place and then we will see what to do. I can’t say it in advance. I am confident that it will be a good decision. Whatever decision you want, that will happen, but by chance, if it doesn’t happen, then we will see. It is a part of the game. Let it unfold slowly, let’s see how it progresses, what happens,” he added.
He refused to reply to the question whether CoA will overrule SGM decision if they decide to pull out of Champions Trophy.
“This is a hypothetical question. let SGM take the decision first. I have requested the acting President, I have requested the Acting Secretary to convene an SGM nd the SGM has been converted on may 7th .” Rai said.
On squad being getting announced:
“They (BCCI officials) have just come back from Dubai and players are still playing in IPL. So will sit with them ( BCCI Officials) and discuss with them what roadmap needs to be followed and how we go about it.”
On asked if CoA and eligible BCCI officials are on the same page on this matter
“We are 100 percent on the same page.As you know they had an SGM before they went to the ICC meeting.The next day, I invited them to talk to us and we discussed in details what they had decided and what we have negotiated. After all, they are office bearers, they need to represent BCCI, so they Represented BCCI in ICC.”
Rai said that CoA is aware that ICC did not pay heed to BCCI’s point.
“The ICC had not listed to their viewpoint. We will discuss again and we will come to a solution. That solution will be to your satisfaction. Some things didn’t work out the way we wanted it to be but there is always an avenue open. So there is nothing to worry about.”
Rai insisted that the negotiation doors are still open and nothing is lost.
“Don’t worry, we will not let anyone down. Nothing to worry about, nothing is lost and it is not a closed chapter,” he assured.
“It is still in the process of negotiation. What happens when you negotiate, like for example when you go to buy a vegetable you try and bargain, similarly an offer has been made and we will examine it,” Rai concluded.