With the Special General Meeting set to take place on Sunday to decide on India’s participation in the mega event, new reports says that the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to select the squad for the Champions Trophy on Monday.
According to a senior board official the decision to announce the squad doesn’t change the stance of the Indian cricket board to pull out of the Champions Trophy. A senior BCCI official talking to a cricket website CricketNext on Saturday confirmed that the Indian team will be selected for the tournament on Monday even though the board hasn’t changed its stance on pulling out of the mega event.
“Yes, the team will be selected on Monday as we want to work in tandem with the Committee of Administrators and don’t want to delay the process of team selection. But yes, that doesn’t change our stance as far as withdrawing from the tournament is concerned,” he said.
“To be fair, announcing the team doesn’t have a bearing on BCCI’s final decision on whether India will play in the tournament or not. The agenda for Sunday’s meeting remains the same.”
The internal tussle between the BCCI members and the COA about India’s participation in the Champions Trophy reached tipping point on Thursday with the latter asking the board to announce the squad at the earliest.
“It would be appropriate to make all necessary preparations for ensuring that Team India can successfully defend its title in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which commences on 1st June 2017. 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.
“We believe that any decision taken at the SGM should be predicated on the fact that India has 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 players’ interests are paramount and they must be given the best chance to prepare for, defend and retain the ICC Champions Trophy. The focus should be on enabling our team to achieve even greater heights and further laurels, which will automatically attract higher revenues,” the letter read.
Selecting the 15-member squad would not be a headache as it’s a set team. For the couple of spots that need to be confirmed, the selectors will have plenty of options from the performances in the Indian Premier League.