India to participate in Champions Trophy - BCCI

The COA had made it clear to the state associations through a letter that it will be forced to move the Supreme Court if the members took any decision which was against the interest of Indian cricket at the BCCI SGM on Sunday. Had they revoked the MPA, it would have meant India sitting out the Champions Trophy and all other ICC events till 2023, including the 2019 and 2023 World Cups.

While it may be a tad melodramatic to suggest that Indian cricket is at the crossroads - yet again - there is no doubt that Sunday's special general meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India could at least in the short term, define the country's relations with the wider cricketing community.

The BCCI has confirmed India will participate in the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, ending speculation they would withdraw from the tournament.

"The all-India senior selection meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team".

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The powerful BCCI stands to lose $277 million revenue over the next eight years under the sweeping changes approved by ICC members. The COA had prevailed over the members on the need to select the squad for the tournament without prejudice to the BCCI.

There was doubt over India's participation due to the BCCI being dissatisfied with the outcomes of the ICC Board meetings in April.

It was decided that no legal recourse will be taken against the ICC as dictated by the Committee of Administrators (COA). It began as a vote against the move to revise the proposed revenue format of the ICC which is now snowballed into a massive standoff threatening to even pull India out of the upcoming Champions Trophy.

"The acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has been given full authority to talk to ICC and arrive at a deal that is best for BCCI". We will not take any legal recourse in the matter.

  • Marjorie Miles