As the Special General Meeting (SGM) is scheduled to meet on May 7 (Sunday) to decide about defending Champions India’s partaking for the upcoming Champions Trophy 2017 which will kick off on June 1 in England and Wales. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has revealed that the Champions Trophy pull out is still on cards following the newly approved revenue sharing model by International Cricket council (ICC) which didn’t sit well with country’s board members.
The report has revealed that the BCCI is highly likely to announce the ICC Champions Trophy squad on Monday (May 8) while stating the members are supposed to work alongside Committee of Administrators (CoA) which is supervising the happenings of the board before submitting the status report to the Supreme Court, on the basis of Lodha Committee Recommendations.
However, the official has added even if BCCI decides to announce the ICC Champions Trophy squad that won’t change the position of the board as it has no bearing whether the formidable India will participate in the event or not
“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,” CricketNext quoted BCCI source.
Last month, BCCI was outvoted on April 26, in Committee of Executives crucial meeting in Dubai organised by ICC over the governance system and financing model.
The ICC and BCCI have been at the loggerheads since the Indian board was cornered by other countries at the world cricket governing body’s meeting held in last month.
Making the matter more confusing the BCCI source stated anything is possible at the SGM which would further decide whether the side is going to pull out from the mega event or not.
“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,” the board’s source added.
CoA has also forced BCCI to announce the squad at the earliest by dispatching a letter to its members.
“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. Please convene a meeting of the selection committee for selecting the squad immediately,” CoA’s stern letter to BCCI stated.
Earlier, BCCI deliberately missed the squad submission deadline on April 25 following the impasse with the ICC over revamping of revenue policy model.
“The squad can then be submitted to the ICC without prejudice to BCCI’s legal rights,” it added.
It becomes pertinent here that all the seven countries have announced their respective squads including Bangladesh expect India.
“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,” it further added.
As the negativity surrounded across India over the India’s participation in the upcoming Champions Trophy the players also took to the field – to suggest BCCI for the participation in the mega event.