Right from the very inception of the fight in 2014, there was no going back. This debate between the World’s richest governing body, BCCI and ICC is out of bounds now. It began as a vote against the move to revise the proposed revenue format of the ICC which is now snowballed into a massive standoff threatening to even pull India out of the upcoming Champions Trophy.
Undoubtedly the roots behind this issue are totally related to the money matters, BCCI has been deliberately opposing the ICC’s decision to reverse the Big Three format, which gave India, Australia, and England the lion’s share of revenues. The standoff continued further when the revenue model was revised and the BCCI again rejected the ICC’s proposal of an additional 100 million, at where the original is 293 million.
This offer which came from Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman was originally rejected by the BCCI who stated that the final offer should be $450 million and must not have any change in governance phenomenon.
Coming to the details, it must be recalled that BCCI’s earlier share of $571 million was conceded to $293 million with Australia not losing out on anything and England’s loss being minimal, which means that India is the ultimate victim. The BCCI also lost out to the voting on ‘governance and constitutional changes’ by a margin of 1-9, while the revenue model saw India lose out by a 2-8 margin.
However, post all these conspiracies, the recent news claim that India is ready to set the foot on the ground from 1st of June, 2017. The squad for the tournament is expected to be announced on Monday, May 8 and BCCI officials are scheduled to meet on Sunday in New Delhi for a Special General Meeting.
Unlike the money power, the BCCI had, this governing body itself found in trouble after a majority of the officials were in favor of boycotting the tournament as a protest against the reduction of their revenue share by the ICC. They also ignored the 25th April deadline set by the ICC to reveal the squad for the matches.Veteran cricketers like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid were in favor of playing the tournament.
Meanwhile, the National coach Anil Kumble requested BCCI not to boycott the tournament. He said financial disputes should not curb the ambition of a nation of 125crores of people.
In a letter shot by Committee of Administration (CoA) towards the BCCI questioned the delay in the process, the letter read:
“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.”
“Team India should be provided with a supportive environment to showcase Indian cricket instead of being surrounded by 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” it added.
Coming to the present and previous’ statistics, India is placed in Group B alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa, these four teams has won the last edition of the once-in-four-years tournament in 2013. And this will be the first ICC tournament for Virat Kohli as a captain ofTeamIndia.