CoA urges BCCI to seek fresh mandate at SGM

Posted May 07, 2017

Wire reports on the day suggested that there are two distinct camps in the BCCI now, with state units from North and East zones keen to field a team for the tournament where India are defending champions, and South and West zones keen to teach the ICC a lesson since India's financial clout underwrites a large share of global cricket activity.

Changes to revenue-sharing arrangements and governance had seen the country's cricket board threaten to pull the team from the competition, which takes place in the United Kingdom in June.

India confirmed their participation in next month's Champions Trophy in England and Wales on Sunday after initially delaying the announcement. Meanwhile, the selection committee of the BCCI is all set to meet in Delhi on Monday.

"The BCCI SGM unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy", it said in a statement. The goal of the SGM was to take a call on the revenue loss and governance reforms at the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The top eight sides in the world rankings compete in the Champions Trophy with India winning the last edition in 2013.

BCCI's current joint secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, has been given the task of cracking a deal with the ICC on its behalf while keeping the legal options open. This model was passed by a vote of 13 to 1. "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. The court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) which is running the BCCI - and to which the Indian board's office bearers have to report until a new constitution is adopted as per the Lodha Committee's recommendations to the board - at one point had to step in to prevent a segment of the board from serving notice to the ICC on the matter.