BCCI clears India's participation in Champions Trophy

Ashley Carr
May 7, 2017

The one devised by former BCCI president N Srinivasan, former CA chairman Wally Edwards and European Central Bank president Giles Clarke, which gave the BCCI $570 million out of projected ICC revenues of $2.5 billion, a share way larger than any other country was getting?

While talking to a news agency, a senior official said, "The BCCI's SGM unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy".

Diana Edulji, a member of the Supreme Court-mandated BCCI's Committee of Administrators, was among those present at the jersey launch along with two of the Board's General Managers - Prof. As was previously reported, the COA had called the meetings with the state units (zone wise) to discuss the key Champions Trophy and implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms.

They also ignored the 25th April deadline set by the ICC to reveal the squad for the matches.Veteran cricketers like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid were in favor of playing the tournament.

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"A meeting of the Board members was held on Saturday and I can tell you that most were in favour of sending the team to the Champions Trophy".

In a major loss of face on Wednesday, the BCCI was out-voted in its opposition to the new model in an ICC meet in Dubai, which has ended up almost halving India's share from the United States dollars 570 million it was getting till a year ago. "The All-India Senior Selection Meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team", the BCCI added. This model was passed by a vote of 13 to 1.

BCCI had rejected an additional Dollars 100 million offer from ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar, refusing to accept the new revenue model. "The squad can then be submitted to the ICC without prejudice to BCCI's legal rights". The BCCI secretary is going to take the call after the SGM. The COA had prevailed over the members on the need to select the squad for the tournament without prejudice to the BCCI.

It is learnt that CoA apprised the members of how India will have to pull out of all ICC tourneys till 2023. 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.

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