The uncertainty surrounding the Indian cricket team’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy seems to be affecting the national team’s players too.
According to a report on India Today’s website, national team cricketers have been calling the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to enquire about their chances of travelling to England for the prestigious tournament which begins from 1 June.
"A number of Indian cricketers are ringing us up to ask, 'Are we going or not?' Why do we need to put them in such a situation?" a CoA member told India Today.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has already missed the 2 April deadline for the submission of the squad lists, is said to be mulling a boycott of the eight-team tournament, still smarting after having seen its share of revenue from International Cricket Council (ICC) from 2016 to 2023 slashed almost by half — from $570 million to $293 million. This came about after the BCCI were outvoted at the recent ICC board meeting in Dubai.
BCCI was the only full member to object to ICC’s new financial model besides being just one of two full members to vote against the new changes in governance.
India won the tournament in 2013, but may not get the opportunity to defend their title.
The report added that the CoA was not in favour of the Indian team pulling out of the tournament and had expressly stated this to the BCCI.
“The consequences of such a move will be legal. We may have to cough up a heavy figure. Besides it will give Indian cricket a bad name,” the CoA source said.