N Srinivasan virtually joins BCCI SGM from London

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given the go-ahead for the Indian cricket team to play in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, bringing an end to all recent speculation about the team's participation in the tournament.

"India will participate in the Champions Trophy", Khanna said on Saturday, a day ahead of the Special General Meeting (SGM), which is to take a decision in this regard. "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" it added.

Earlier, India head coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli said that the team is keen to participate in the tournament, which they won in 2013 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The BCCI release said negotiation with the ICC will continue on this front.

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Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under a 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name a squad for the June 1-18 eight-team competition. Had they revoked the MPA, it would have meant India sitting out the Champions Trophy and all other ICC events till 2023, including the 2019 and 2023 World Cups.

It was decided that no legal recourse will be taken against the ICC as dictated by the Committee of Administrators (COA). The BCCI was outvoted 13-1 last week at the ICC meetings in its bid to stall the new deal which considerably slashes India's share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle.

The committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai has made a decision to accommodate the BCCI's concerns on three of the most contentious Lodha Committee recommendations and the Board has chose to drop its hostile stance towards COA.

The CoA had told the BCCI on May 2 that it could sent its notice to the ICC only if all 30 state associations voted "unanimously" to do this at the SGM.

  • Myrtle Hill