- India are the defending champions of the ICC Champions Trophy.
- Virat Kohli and co. are supposed to play New Zealand and Bangladesh in warm-up games on May 28 and 30.
In order to safeguard the 2014 ICC revenue and governance model, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to exercise its power in the ICC meeting at the end of the month. Virat Kohli and co. may feel the heat of the ongoing war between BCCI and ICC.
The three cricket boards - England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia and BCCI, have been bestowed with excess powers according to the 2014 model. BCCI is insistent that it should remain the same and ICC should not make any changes to it. These three boards share a bigger amount of ICC's global revenues and all major decisions are taken after their stamp approval.
As a result, BCCI is unhappy with ICC's latest scheme of plans and they can exercise the right to pull out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. If Virat Kohli and co. pulls out of the Champions Trophy, it will be a major blow for ICC.
India have a huge fan base and if they do not play in the tournament, then the whole event is likely to lose its sheen. We can only hope that BCCI and ICC come to terms with each other and let this tournament roll as it has been scheduled to be.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:05 PM IST