The Committee of Administrators has assured Indian skipper Virat Kohli of participation in the Champions Trophy. Kohli, who is currently leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, expressed his concern about India’s title defence, a member of the COA revealed.
However, as one would expect a champion player to do, Kohli already has his eyes set on his next assignment – the Champions Trophy (CT). But as it turns out, the Team India captain hasn’t got any respite yet. With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) contemplating not sending the Indian team for the tournament because of it’s on-going battle with the International Cricket Council (ICC), Kohli has been left rather anxious over the past few days.
“Virat Kohli was feeling anxious and down, we have allayed his fears and assured him that India will play the Champions Trophy,” sources were quoted as saying in a report by India Today.
The ongoing tussle between BCCI and ICC over the reformed Revenue model has put India’s participation in jeopardy as the Indian cricket Board has threatened to skip the tournament if the ICC does agree to their conditions.
The speculation of India boycotting the tournament gained steam after the BCCI skipper the deadline to announce the squad for the Champions Trophy. It tried to use the multi-nation tournament as a bargain but the efforts did not pay as ICC stood to its ground and passed the new reform with majority support in the recent meet at Dubai.
Kohli was given assurance by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) that Team India will indeed take part in the CT in England starting June 1.
The COA has been in touch with the top people of the Indian Cricket team. They recently had a word with coach Anil Kumble. A member of the CoA also texted Kohli personally, clearly all his doubts.
The CoA recently issues a warning mail to the board member, stating that they BCCI cannot take any decision on the participation issue without consultation of the COA. It clearly indicated that it will move to the Supreme Court should BCCI general body dare to take any decision which is “against the interest of Indian cricket” at its SGM on May 7, the COA has warned in a letter to the state units.
The Champions Trophy begin in June and will be hosted by England. India’s will begin their journey against Pakistan at Birmingham.