India confirm Champions Trophy involvement

Brittany BishopMay 07, 2017

On Friday, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), in a strongly worded statement, ordered the BCCI to refrain from taking any decision which might harm the interests of Indian cricket.

According to one segment of the BCCI, the Indian board has lost its influence over global cricket.

Worldwide cricket could come to a standstill on Sunday.

"BCCI threatens to pull out of Champions Trophy", runs a contemporary headline. It even told the BCCI to announce the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy as soon as possible so that players are not affected by board politics. "The squad can then be submitted to the ICC without prejudice to BCCI's legal rights". It does not however say what calculation the figure it had proposed under previous ICC president N Srinivasan's "Big Three" formulation - $570 million - was based on.

That "conciliatory approach" had ensured that over the years, the majority of the ICC's Full Members have consistently voted in favor of the BCCI, even on those occasions when the Indian board took extreme positions.

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 worldwide body, the letter came amid speculation that the BCCI was seriously mulling a pullout.

Members Participation Agreement. It's an agreement between the ICC and a member country that governs participation in ICC events.

Earlier, India head coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli said that the team is keen to participate in the tournament, which they won in 2013 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The Committee of Administrators (COA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, at loggerheads for many months now, have called a truce.

Is it possible that the BCCI has in fact been treated unfairly?

The CoA was reminded that negotiation was the only way out and they should bargain hard.

It's reported that the ICC had voted to reduce the BCCI's share of revenue at its board meeting that led to the Indian officials contemplating to pull out from the tournament.

Let us talk over lunch on Sunday.

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