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India Must Participate in Champions Trophy: Ramachandra Guha

File image of Indian cricketers celebrating their Champions Trophy win. (Getty Images)

New Delhi: With the ICC clipping BCCI’s wings in its new financial model for the next eight years, the Indian board is contemplating pulling out of the Champions Trophy and the future ICC tournaments unless the ICC agrees to pay them USD 450 million.

But the Committee of Administrators — appointed by the Supreme Court — believe that it is not a feasible option as that could hamper the future of IPL. And COA member Ramachandra Guha has said that India “absolutely must” compete in the event.

Guha took to Twitter to make his views known and he wrote: “Boycotting or threatening to boycott a prestigious international tournament does not become a great cricketing nation.”

Boycotting or threatening to boycott a prestigious international tournament does not become a great cricketing nation.

He further added: “Speaking in my personal capacity, as a cricket fan, I believe the Indian cricket team absolutely must take part in the Champions Trophy.”

Speaking in my personal capacity, as a cricket fan, I believe the Indian cricket team absolutely must take part in the Champions Trophy.

Vinod Rai, head of Committee of Administrators (COA), said on Friday that India’s Champions Trophy participation will be known only after the BCCI SGM on May 7 and they are ready for all possible scenarios.

The squad for the Champions Trophy has not yet been selected with BCCI already skipping the ICC deadline of April 25, but Rai didn’t want to read too much into it.

“There is no such thing as a deadline. The Champions Trophy will start on June 1. The deadlines are fixed so that there is some kind of system in place,” Rai told reporters.

Speaking to Cricketnext, a senior BCCI official who was present in Dubai during the meeting said that the board has no option but to pull out of ICC events because the current revenue promised to BCCI — $293m — is just not acceptable and agreeing to that would set a wrong precedent for the future.

“We realise that pulling out of the Champions Trophy would also mean pulling out of the future ICC events, including the World Cup as per the Members Participation Agreement (MPA). But we have our back against the wall and there is no option left with us because to come down from $571m to $293m is just not possible.

“Also, let me reiterate, it is not just about the money. We are also not willing to accept the changes in governance model. At the end of the day, it is about our country and the interest of Indian cricket which cannot be sacrificed under any circumstance. We had requested them to wait for 2-3 months, but Manohar took the opportunity to kick us when we are down,” he had said.

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