Team India to participate in ICC Champions Trophy 2017

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The BCCI cleared India’s participation in the upcoming Champions Trophy during the Special General Meeting in the Capital on Sunday. The Board of Control of Cricket in India members had convened the meeting to decide on India’s participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

 ICC Champions Trophy 2017

India, the defending champions, were the only country to not name their squad by the cut-off date of April 25 in protest against the new revenue-sharing model that the ICC has adopted, rolling back the Big Three model.

“The Board unanimously authorised the acting secretary of the BCCI to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open. The BCCI SGM unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. The All-India Senior Selection Meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The BCCI wanted $US 570 million, which it would have got under the Big Three model, but was outvoted at the meeting with its share pegged at $US 293 million, with the offer an additional $US 100 million.

Earlier in the week, the Committee of Administrators warned the BCCI against taking any drastic action, and dismissed the plan to issue a legal notice to the ICC on the issue of a potential breach of the Members’ Participation Agreement when the matter was yet to be tabled before the general body at the Special General Meeting in Delhi on Sunday.

The CoA strongly urged the board to name the squad ‘immediately’, but Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI’s acting secretary, argued that they were acting in the interests of Indian cricket by sending a notice to the ICC.

The COA had advised BCCI members to exercise discretion while taking any extreme step.

“It is not in the interest of Indian cricket for BCCI to take any drastic step/measure which may result in breakdown of negotiations between BCCI, ICC and other cricket boards, especially since there is sufficient time between now and ICC conference to be held in June, 2017, for a negotiated outcome to be arrived at,” the COA had said.

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