BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke denies stand-off with ICC

BCCI has been at loggerheads with ICC over reported allocation of USD 135m for Champions Trophy, two-tier system in Tests and centralised marketing of the broadcast rights of bilateral series.

Published:September 21, 2016 8:07 pm
BCCi, icc, bcci icc fight, bcci icc rift, bcci icc, champions trophy, two tier tests, ajay shirke, bcci news, cricket news, sports news BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke arrives to attend the 87th AGM of BCCI at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo.

BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke today admitted that there was a “difference of opinion” with the International Cricket Council (ICC) but it did not amount to “stand-off” with the world body.

“There is no stand-off with anybody, it is being created by you the media. Yes (all is well between BCCI and ICC). They are our parent body. We have differences, there is no stand-off. We had differences on the two-tier structure, it is settled, they withdrew it,” said BCCI secretary Shirke.

Asked about no BCCI representative in ICC’s Finance Committee, Shirke said, “we have differences and they will settle. They will hear us out and give us a hearing, if they don’t give us justice then there may be a stand-off”.

BCCI President Anurag Thakur has been at loggerheads with ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar over reported allocation of USD 135m for Champions Trophy, two-tier system in Tests and centralised marketing of the broadcast rights of bilateral series.

While the ICC has been pushing for the introduction of two-tier systems for Test matches which they say will help in increasing the weaning popularity of the longest format of the game. But the BCCI said that the system will invariably affect the revenue of lower ranked Test teams such.

In early September, the BCCI threatened to withdraw the Indian team from the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to be held in England after the Board was excluded from the ICC’s finance committee meeting held in Dubai. Ajay Shirke himself had termed the board’s non-inclusion in the finance committee meeting as “a humiliation”.