In­dia un­de­cided on Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy

The In­dian cricket board is re­fus­ing to un­veil its squad for the global event amid ru­mours it might pull out be­cause of a row with the sport’s gov­ern­ing body over rev­enue shar­ing.

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Missed dead­line

The Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) has al­ready missed the agreed April 25 dead­line for nam­ing its squad for the eight-na­tion event that be­gins in Eng­land and Wales on June 1. The other seven na­tions have named their squads but In­dia are un­likely to face any sanc­tion from the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) un­der the rules of the 50-over tour­na­ment.

Against re-struc­tur­ing ICC

The BCCI’s re­luc­tance stems from its long-run­ning op­po­si­tion to changes in the fi­nan­cial and gov­er­nance struc­ture of the ICC that would re­duce its in­flu­ence and earn­ings along with Aus­tralia and Eng­land, the other mem­bers of the so-called “Big Three”. The ICC meet­ing in Dubai on Wed­nes­day voted in favour of the new fi­nan­cial model de­spite the BCCI, the world’s rich­est cricket board, vot­ing against. Un­der the shake-up, In­dia stands to earn US$277 mil­lion (Dh1.02 bil­lion) less in rev­enue over the next eight years, the global cricket board said in a state­ment.

‘Too early to pre­dict’

“It is too early to make pre­dic­tions since the event is more than a month away, but noth­ing can be ruled out. Let’s wait and watch,” a BCCI board of­fi­cial told Agence France-Presse on con­di­tion of anonymity. “We can still name the team, say even in a week or two, as we have a squad in mind and it’s just about putting a seal on it. And I am sure it will be ac­cepted by the ICC.”

New con­sti­tu­tion

The board also voted in favour of a new con­sti­tu­tion that will now be put be­fore the ICC Full Coun­cil for ap­proval. The dis­pute has raised spec­u­la­tion in In­dia that the cricket-mad na­tion could pull out the 50-over Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy tour­na­ment, an event they won in 2013. That is an op­tion the BCCI has not ruled out. A re­vised con­sti­tu­tion that will al­low the ICC to in­clude ad­di­tional full mem­bers in the fu­ture, was also ap­proved by 12 votes to two. The de­ci­sions would have to be rat­i­fied at the ICC’s an­nual con­fer­ence in June.

Paul Gil­ham / Getty Im­ages

MS Dhoni and Co cel­e­brate win­ning the 2013 Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy. The team is a doubt for this year’s tour­na­ment.

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