NEW DELHI: Irked by the delaying tactics of the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) Thursday instructed the cricket Board to “immediately announce the Champions Trophy squad”.
Having already sent a couple of communications earlier, today’s the seven-point letter to joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary is by far the most strongly-worded. The richest cricket body has deliberately missed the April 25 deadline for submission of the squad in the wake of ICC proposing a new financial model which reduces BCCI’s revenues from USD 570 million to USD 293 million.
The CoA has copied the e-mail to all office-bearers about how the delay in team selection is portraying Indian cricket and cricketers in “negative” light.
The point No. 5 of the CoA diktat states:”You are aware that the squad representing India at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was to be submitted by 25th April 2017 but the squad has not even been selected as yet. Please convene a meeting of the selection committee for selecting the squad immediately. The squad can then be submitted to the ICC without prejudice to BCCI’s legal rights.”
The COA told that the office-bearers should keep in mind while mulling a pull-out that “India are the best team in the world today”. “Team India should be provided with a supportive environment to showcase Indian cricket instead of being surrounded with uncertainty and confusion. 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,” the letter states.