India’s participation in the ICC 2017 Champions Trophy is still uncertain due to a tussle between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC) as the Indian cricket governing body’s demand for USD570 million as compensation was not met by ICC. Also Read - Rohit Sharma Was Expected to Board The Flight, But he Chose Not to: BCCI Source
ICC agreed to pay USD293 million but BCCI glued to their initial demand as the ‘Big Three’ system was displaced. Also Read - Indian Navy Inducts Two American Predator Drones On Lease, Can Be Deployed On China Border
BCCI as a mode of protest held the announcement of the Indian squad for Champions Trophy. The deadline for the team selection was April 25 which BCCI had already missed. Also read: IPL 2017: Suresh Raina consoles Rishabh Pant after teenager falls short of scoring century, watch video here Also Read - India vs Australia 2020: BCCI in Talks With CA to Relax Quarantine Rules For Rohit And Ishant
Now, BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri, while speaking to the reporters at the unveiling of the new team India jersey on Thursday, said that the final decision on the matter will be taken in the SGM on May 7.
“There’s an SGM scheduled on May 7. Wait for it. You’ll know everything after it,“ said Johri even the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators told BCCI to announce the ‘immediately’.
“India is the world’s No 3 ranked team and Oppo’s faith in us shows their commitment to cricket as a whole and India, in particular,” said Johri. “I’m confident we will work together to help cricket grow. It’s a perfect marriage,” he added. Also read: Women’s Cricket World Cup prize money increased by 10 times
Oppo had singed signed a five-year deal with BCCI as official sponsor for Team India. The deal worth Rs. 1,079 crore which was announced by the Board on March 7 with the contract commencing on April 1.
The Champions Trophy will start on June 1 in England. India won the Champions Trophy title in 2013. If they participate in the tournament they will get an opportunity to defend their title under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
India’s first match is against Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. There is a doubt; however, around that clash too after Pakistan army mutilated two Indian soldiers at the LOC in the last few days. “That’s for the government, and not us to decide,“ said Johri, when asked about whether India were certain about playing that game now.