Champions Trophy 2017: BCCI refuses to unveil India squad amid ICC row, says nothing can be ruled out

AFP, Apr, 27 2017

New Delhi: India are refusing to unveil their squad for the Champions Trophy amid speculation they might pull out because of a row with the sport's governing body over revenue sharing.

The powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already missed the agreed 25 April deadline for naming their squad for the eight-nation event beginning in England and Wales on 1 June.

Representative photo. AFP

Representative photo. AFP

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.

India's reluctance stems from their long-running opposition to changes in the financial and governance structure of the ICC which would reduce their influence and earnings along with the other members of the so-called "big three" Australia and England.

The ICC board meeting in Dubai on Wednesday voted in favour of the new financial model despite the BCCI – the world's richest cricket board – voting against.

The board also voted in favour of a new constitution which 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, an option the BCCI was not ruling out.

"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 AFP on Thursday 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."

Under the ICC shake-up, India stands to earn $277 million less in revenue over the next eight years, the global cricket board said in a statement.

Published Date: Apr 27, 2017 | Updated Date: Apr 27, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115