The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to miss the deadline for announcing Indian squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. As per International Cricket Council (ICC), the last date for submission of the 15-member squads is April 25th. While most of the participating teams have announced their squads, India look set to defy the order. As per reports floating in the media, BCCI will only announce the squad after ICC Board meeting takes place on April 27. The agenda for the meeting will be the much talked-about revenue and governance reforms. According to report published in hindustantimes.com, BCCI has been keeping tabs on ICC.
BCCI has pressured the ICC by continuously threatening to pull out of the Champions Trophy from England as per Members Participation Agreement (MPA) in case their demands are not met. BCCI, alongside having talks with other boards, could very well resume its talks with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over cancelation of bilateral series. Both parties will meet at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting to be held in Dubai.
PCB has been relentlessly opposing the proposed money-sharing structure that ensures the BCCI gets a major share of the revenue after the Indian team did not comply with bilateral commitments. Apart from India, Pakistan and England are the only teams who are yet to announce their squads for the tournament.
Earlier, ICC recently released the fixtures for the warm-up games, and they will be played between May 26 and May 30. The warm-up games start with two-time Champions Trophy winner Australia taking on Sri Lanka at The Oval on May 26. Defending champions India will face New Zealand on May 28 and Bangladesh on May 30. Both of India’s warm-up games will be played at The Oval.