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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that India will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy after a Special General Meeting on Sunday. It has further emerged that the Indian squad for the tournament will be announced on Monday.
“It was a unanimous decision that the Indian team will be participating in the Champions Trophy. We will not take any legal recourse in the matter. Mr Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri will negotiate with ICC,” a senior office-bearer told PTI.
Former Indian captain and CAB president Sourav Ganguly, CK Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary, Rajiv Shukla were present in the meeting among other officials. The ICC’s deadline for announcing the team or the Champions Trophy was April 25.
Acting president of the cricket governing body of India, CK Khanna, told ANI before the meeting that India must take part in the tournament. “The meeting may be called on Monday. The BCCI secretary is going to take the call after the SGM. My view is that India must take part in the Champions Trophy.”
In a letter to the BCCI Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary on Thursday, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) wrote that they must not compromise on the interest of the team. They were therefore advised to set up a meeting to announce the squad by Monday.
The BCCI didn’t adhere to the deadline as they intended to wait until the conclusion of the ICC board meeting in Dubai. It is where the international cricket board was to take decisions on a revenue model with India backing the Big-Three structure that gave the Indian, English and the Australian boards a lion’s share of ICC revenues.
But the BCCI were struck down 13-1 in the meet and the Big-Three structure was knocked off for a new financial and governance model.
This led to widespread speculation on whether the BCCI will let the Indian team, who are the defending champions in the tournament, play in the Champions Trophy this year.