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