CT: BCCI asked to announce team immediately

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to convene a selection committee meet and announce the Indian squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 “immediately”. The CoA asked BCCI’s Amitabh Choudhary why the team has not yet been selected despite April 25 being the deadline. The COA also questioned the manner in which BCCI negotiated the entire revenue model deal with the International Cricket Council (ICC) at a meet held in Dubai recently. The CoA’s directive makes it amply clear that the Indian cricket team will not pull out of the high-profile tournament.

“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,” the CoA wrote in a letter to Choudhary.

The COA told that the office-bearers should keep in mind while mulling a pull-out that “India are the best team in the world today”.

“Team India should be provided with a supportive environment to showcase Indian cricket instead of being surrounded with 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,” the letter states.

The COA reminded the office-bearers and state unit officials that the “players’ interest should be paramount”.

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