India to take part in Champions Trophy, says board

Posted May 07, 2017

THE BCCI's cautiously worded agenda of the SGM on May 7 does not mention a single word about the possibility of India pulling out of the Champions Trophy but around 23 members have already signed in favour of writing a letter to the ICC seeking "course correction". The CoA had pointed out to the BCCI that ICC chairman Shashank Manohar "has made an offer of a $100 million more" to the Indian board, and sending the ICC a legal notice at that point would have jeopardised negotiations at a "delicate and critical stage".

File image of Indian cricketers celebrating their Champions Trophy win.

However, it was decided at a special general meeting held in New Delhi that India will take their place in the one-day worldwide showpiece, where they are due to take on Pakistan in their first match on June 4.

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Following the decision, a selection meeting is scheduled to take place on May 8 in the national capital to select the squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy.

Earlier, the ICC had approved of a new financial model after its five-day meet in Dubai, under which the BCCI would receive 293 million dollars from 2016 to 2023.

Unlike the money power, the BCCI had, this governing body itself found in trouble after a majority of the officials were in favor of boycotting the tournament as a protest against the reduction of their revenue share by the ICC. You are aware that the squad representing India at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was to be submitted by 25th April 2017 but the squad has not even been selected as yet.

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With the BCCI and COA divided on whether India should pullout of the Champions Trophy after the ICC cut its financial wings by reworking the revenue model of the global body, the letter came amid speculation that the BCCI was seriously mulling a pullout.

The Supreme Court of India had rendered N Srinivasan ineligible to attend ICC meeting as BCCI representative.

On hearing the demands of the state bodies, the CoA asked the state association members to go back to the SGM and take a fresh call on how they would manage to implement the Lodha reforms.

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The COA told that the office-bearers should keep in mind while mulling a pull-out that "India are the best team in the world today".