BCCI agrees to Champions Trophy participation


"The Supreme Court passed a judgement that he won't be allowed to attend the ICC meeting but it was never clarified whether he is ineligible to attend the SGM", a senior BCCI official told PTI today.

India will participate in next month's Champions Trophy in England and Wales, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said after a special general meeting on Sunday.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) in a letter to BCCI Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary on Thursday asserted that it must not hurt the interest of the players in its dispute and demanded an immediate meeting of the selection committee to announce the squad.

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The powerful BCCI stands to lose $277 million in revenue over the next eight years under the sweeping changes approved by ICC members.

India will take part in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy following the BCCI's approval on Sunday. The COA had prevailed over the members on the need to select the squad for the tournament without prejudice to the BCCI. "There has been more than enough negativity surrounding Team India's participation in the ICC Champions Trophy and the sooner the same is put to rest the better" it added. The BCCI was outvoted 13-1 last week at the ICC meetings in its bid to stall the new deal which considerably slashes India's share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle. "CoA head Vinod Rai in fact said, we can enter into a confrontation (with ICC) anytime, but it is always good to do so when we are in an advantageous position, and we agreed to it", said a head of an association which is in favour of sending the team to England.

Other issues discussed by Rai and the BCCI office-bearers on the day included implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms, including the still debated one-state, one-vote rule, among others.