India news May 4, 2017

CoA tells BCCI to select Champions Trophy squad 'immediately'

Nagraj Gollapudi

The BCCI has delayed naming the India squad for the 2017 tournament © AFP

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 with immediate effect.

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 'operational' reasons.

'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.

'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 BCCI has called for a special general meeting (SGM) on May 7 to discuss the outcomes of the ICC Board meetings last week, when a new constitution, governance changes and financial model - in which the BCCI's share of revenue was greatly reduced - was passed by an overwhelming majority.

A segment of the BCCI, unhappy with the cut in its revenue from the ICC, wants to revoke the Members Participation Agreement (MPA), which would mean India missing every ICC tournament in the current rights cycle starting form the 2017 Champions Trophy to the 2023 World Cup.

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Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo