The BCCI have refuted media reports that claimed it was considering pulling the Indian team out of the ICC Champions Trophy over the controversy surrounding Laxman Sivaramakrishnan's appointment to the ICC technical committee.
News agency PTI quoted a top BCCI official saying that, "There is no question of pulling out of the Champions Trophy."
Sivaramakrishnan replaced Tim May on the ICC technical committee as the players' representative after a re-vote was proposed by the ICC. Tim May is the Chief Executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).
This led to rumours of BCCI pressurising members on the panel to vote in India's favour. The reports forced the ICC to issue a statement saying that the revote had conformed to the rules and regulations laid down by the governing body.
The ICC release confirmed that it had received a request from the FICA to refer the matter to the Ethics Officer. The release went on to state that, 'For the record, the re-vote took place according to the determined procedure and that the ICC has seen no evidence that supports allegations now being made that captains were put under pressure by their Member Boards to vote for a particular individual.'
The issue escalated with members of Cricket boards of England, Australia and South Africa alleging that the cash-rich had subverted the election procedure to ensure its preferred candidate was selected.
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Cricket boards of all the Asian countries, including Pakistan, have put their weight behind India and are backing the stance taken by the BCCI.
The Champions Trophy is scheduled to begin in England from June 6th. India face South Africa in the tournament opener in Cardiff.