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Indian cricket team will not pull out of the high-profile tournament-CoA

The CoA on Tuesday clarified to the Indian board that its officials were not mandated to take any decision on India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy, beginning on June 1

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to announce the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy immediately. The CoA asked BCCI’s Amitabh Choudhary why the squad had not even been selected yet despite April 25 being the deadline. Choudhary was also asked to convene meeting of selection committee for pick the squad without any further delay. The CoA’s directive makes it amply clear that the Indian cricket team will not pull out of the high-profile tournament.

CoA Vinod Rai made this statement in the backdrop of rumours that the BCCI office-bearers were contemplating boycotting the tournament after being outvoted on the ICC’s revenue and administrations models, as the Indian board’s revenue quantum was reduced by almost half.The CoA clarified to the Indian board that its officials were not mandated to take any decision on India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy, beginning on June 1. The BCCI units have been told that they cannot issue any legal notice to the ICC with regards to Champions Trophy pull-out without our prior approval.

The COA was forced to issue a diktat after it was learnt that around 10 loyalists of former BCCI president N. Srinivasan engaged in a tele-conference where the options of pulling out and taking legal action against the ICC were discussed. The BCCI’s SGM is scheduled to be held on May 7.

PTI inputs

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