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07 May 2017, 12:49 | Violet Powell
ICC Champions Trophy: Indian Team Selection On Monday
Wire reports on the day suggested that there are two distinct camps in the BCCI now, with state units from North and East zones keen to field a team for the tournament where India are defending champions, and South and West zones keen to teach the ICC a lesson since India's financial clout underwrites a large share of global cricket activity.
It was decided that the squad for the series will be picked on Monday.
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.
However, it was decided at a special general meeting held in New Delhi that India will take their place in the one-day worldwide showpiece, where they are due to take on Pakistan in their first match on June 4. "The Supreme Court passed a judgement that he won't be allowed to attend the ICC meeting but it was never clarified whether he is ineligible to attend the SGM", a senior BCCI official conveyed the news in an interaction with PTI. The objective of the SGM was to take a call on the revenue loss and governance reforms at the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Virat Kohli & Co. can start packing their kit bags for next month's ICC Champions Trophy in England.
India has been at loggerheads with the ICC in recent weeks over the revenue and governance models.
As of date, India have not even named a team for the tournament in England with the deadline for entries well past.
"The Board unanimously authorised the acting honorary secretary of the BCCI to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open", it said in the statement.
Earlier, the Committee of Administrators - appointed by the Supreme Court - had asked the BCCI against taking a strong stand as that would hamper future relation between the ICC and the BCCI. "We don't want to pursue any legal case and don't want a confrontational approach", said Shukla.
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