With the BCCI and ICC involved in a tussle over the newly-implemented revenue model that is set to cost India a major chunk of the revenue they used to earn under the ‘Big Three’ model, speculations are rife over India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy.
The Indian cricket board is miffed with the ICC after the apex body abolished the ‘Big Three’ revenue in favour of introducing a new revenue model, violating the Members Participation Agreement which was signed in 2014. According to the new model, based on current forecasted revenues and costs, the BCCI will receive $293 million across the next eight-year cycle instead of $570 million that it was supposed to earn according to the deal that was signed three years ago.
The BCCI has already crossed the April 25 deadline to announce the squad for the tournament and nothing has been finalised yet on Team India’s participation in the showpiece event.
Recent media reports have suggested that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators are against boycotting the tournament but at the same time, they are also not willing to bow down in front of the ICC. Moreover, revoking the Members Participation Agreement could also see India missing all the ICC tournaments till 2023.
In such a scenario, it is very much likely that the BCCI might send a second string side. Moreover, the fact that all of India’s matches are already sold out at the tournament, it may prompt the officials to send a team consisting of second string players.
As of now, nothing has been finalised yet but sending a second-string side is looking like a big possibility. So here we are taking a look at the probable squad for the upcoming tournament:
Ambati Rayudu (captain):