Indian Premier League chairman and a senior figure of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rajeev Shukla, has cleared the air surrounding India's participation in the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
Earlier reports had suggested that the BCCI had threatened to pull out of the eight-nation tournament over allegations that they used their financial might to coerce other boards to vote former Indian cricketer L Sivaramakrishnan on to the ICC Cricket committee.
CNN-IBN said that their sources claimed the BCCI would pull out of the June 7-23 tournament if the election results were referred to an Ethics officer — which is what the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) has demanded.
Sivaramakrishnan replaced Tim May on the panel, which already has Indians Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri on it. May has since made it clear that he would not be seeking reelection, but said that captains may have been forced to vote for Siva, and he was ready to give evidence if necessary.
The ICC responded to the allegations, saying it had no evidence that pressure was brought to bear on any of the captains to change their vote in the ICC Cricket Committee elections.
Updated Date: May 13, 2013 15:43:24 IST