The Indian side on Tuesday became the only team that missed the 25 April deadline set for announcing the India squad for Champions Trophy with all the other seven countries already naming their team list.
The BCCI which is at loggerheads with ICC on a number issues primarily being the massive reduction in their share of revenue has already issued a threat of pulling out of the June 1-18 event in the United Kingdom. India are the defending champions.
However, the ICC constitution allows countries to name their squads post the deadline under certain circumstances.
As of now, BCCI is not mulling on extreme step of pulling out but obviously not naming the squad is being seen a pressure tactic.
Till late evening, the BCCI has not officially sought an extension, which many could perceive as a show of defiance.
The BCCI top brass feel that naming India’s squad is a mere formality as the selectors know who are the certainties.
With at least 14 of the 15 members of the Indian team more or less known, the Indian officials are in no tearing hurry.
A top BCCI officialTell me one thing, if we name the squad, say for example on 5 May, will ICC bar us from participation. We have a settled squad and naming it is a mere formality.
(With inputs from PTI)