LONDON: The muddle over India’s participation in the Champions Trophy has rattled the Indian team, and players now want to know when this ‘uncertainty’ will end. The Indian Express has reliably learnt that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) head Vinod Rai recently spoke to the Indian team captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble after they sought clarity on the implications of the ICC vs BCCI wrangle that has cast a shadow on India’s participation in the tournament starting June 1. It is learnt that Kohli and Kumble both want the Indian team to take part in the Champions Trophy to be held next month in England and expressed their keenness to get a chance to defend the title that India won four years ago. The uncertainty is said to be hampering the Indian players’ mindset, with the IPL getting over in the next few weeks and preparations set to begin for India’s title defense. The BCCI has already missed the April 25 deadline of submitting its squad to the ICC.
It was right after speaking to the two important members of the Indian team a few days ago, that the COA issued a letter to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to convene a meeting of the selection committee for Champions Trophy immediately. “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’s reply to the BCCI acting secretary said. The BCCI will therefore pick the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy, irrespective of what happens in its fight with the ICC. Earlier in the day, the COA directed the BCCI to select the Indian Champions Trophy squad as it disapproved the cricket board’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary’s missive, seeking the Administrators’ go-ahead in sending a notice to the ICC that threatened to revoke the 2014 MPA and pull out of all ICC events for the ongoing eight-year rights cycle.
CoA tells BCCI to select Champions Trophy squad ‘immediately’
Calling for the “uncertainty” over India’s participation in the 2017 Champions Trophy to end, the committee of administrators (CoA) has directed the BCCI to select the squad immediately. India were the only country to miss the April 25 deadline, by when all eight participating countries had to submit their Champions Trophy squads to the ICC. The BCCI had said the delay was because of “operat “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 CoA told BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, in an email sent on Thursday. ional” reasons, but events since then have led to doubts over India’s participation in the tournament.