India confirms participation in ICC Champions Trophy

The option of pulling out of the Champions Trophy by revoking the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) between the ICC and the BCCI has been gaining traction within the #India board, which will discuss the issue at a special general meeting on Sunday. Find us on Facebook too!

The BCCI had skipped the deadline for announcing the team and threatened a pull-out from the Champions Trophy over the dispute with the International Cricket Council (ICC). The objective of the SGM was to take a call on the revenue loss and governance reforms at the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"The all-India senior selection meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team".

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 SGM may be divided on whether to send the Indian team for the Champions Trophy but the CoA is sure about its priorities".

It was decided that no legal recourse will be taken against the ICC as dictated by the Committee of Administrators (COA).

The powerful BCCI stands to lose $277 million revenue over the next eight years under the sweeping changes approved by ICC members. This model was passed by a vote of 13 to 1.

The BCCI's use of the Champions Trophy as a bargaining chip with the ICC had come in for criticism. The CoA had pointed out to the BCCI that ICC chairman Shashank Manohar "has made an offer of a $100 million more" to the Indian board, and sending the ICC a legal notice at that point would have jeopardised negotiations at a "delicate and critical stage". "The members were told that if they had any problem with the finance bit, they would have to take up the matter at the ICC's governance level", a state association member, who attended the meeting, said.