The Board of Control for Cricket in India has unanimously authorized the acting Hony. Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI. A special general meeting also held in New Delhi on Sunday also resolved to keep the legal option open.
The SGM also decided unanimously that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. The All-India Senior Selection Meeting will be held tomorrow in New Delhi to pick the team.
The BCCI was told by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators to get a mandate from its members to empower Amitabh Choudhary to negotiate the financial terms with the ICC.
CoA, which met the BCCI State association representatives on Saturday, has also told the representatives of the state units that negotiating with the world governing body to raise their demand to $570 million is out of question. They were told that the best way to combat the situation is to avoid a confrontationist approach. “The members were told that if they had any problem with the finance bit, they would have to take up the matter at the ICC’s governance level,” a state association member, who attended the meeting, has said.
The CoA, however, reemphasized the India will send its team for the Champions Trophy. In fact, the issue of Team India’s participation in the ICC tournament was not even included in the SGM agenda. Putting an end to all the speculation, BCCI on Sunday cleared India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales at its Special General Meeting in New Delhi.
It was decided that no legal recourse will be taken against the ICC as dictated by the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The team for the event, starting June 1, will be selected in the next 48 hours.
“It was a unanimous decision that the Indian team will be participating in the Champions Trophy. We will not take any legal recourse in the matter. Mr Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri will negotiate with ICC,” a senior office-bearer told PTI.