With the decision on India’s participation in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 still lingering, The Committee of Administrators (CoA) sent out a 15-point letter to International Cricket Council (ICC). CoA sent the letter with a hope that ICC would take a ‘mature and well-considered decision.’ 23 members of BCCI sent out letters of approval to show consent on 15-point notice to be sent to the governing body. The notice sent to ICC is similar to the clause 6.4 of Members Participation Agreement (MPA), a legally binding document between ICC and its member boards, as reported on the Times of India. CoA threatens BCCI to move to SC if it’s decision hurts IND cricket
The notice states, “At the meeting of the ICC Board held on April 26, 2017, the contribution costs payable to BCCI has been done away with and structurally all of the governance models as approved in the April 2014 ICC Board have been revised without the prior approval of the BCCI. It is causing material adverse effect on the BCCI and has resulted in material breach of the obligations and warranties of the ICC IBC under the MPA as the very basis of the representations and warranties based on which the MPA was executed stands altered to the prejudice of the BCCI. It is evident that the ICC IBC has breached the clauses 6.4 (a), (c), (d) and (e) affecting the BCCI’s interests adversely.”
It further states, “The MPA contemplates a curative period to cure breaches under the agreement. Hence the BCCI puts you on notice for these defaults under clause 6.4 (a), (c), (d) and (e) of the MPA to enable the ICC IBC to reverse its decision of 26th April 2017 within a period of 30 days from receipt of the notice failing which appropriate consequences will follow. “Without prejudice, BCCI reserves all rights available to it under law.”
The notice would be likely sent by May 7. Vidharbha, Tripura, Delhi and Maharashtra have shown no signs of support while Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Services and the Cricket Club of India (CCI) have supported the decision to send notice.
A senior BCCI official had also approached a UK-based law firm as the MPA clause falls under the UK laws.