India runs the risk of not participating in this year's Champions Trophy
The Indian cricket administration's defiance is being viewed as their way of thumbing their nose at ICC's revised revenue-sharing model. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
India's cricket administration has thumbed its nose at International Cricket Council by not announcing the Indian team for the Champions Trophy before the April 25 deadline.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India -- the administrators of Indian cricket -- is apparently in no hurry to announce the squad, a move that will escalate tensions between the two cricket bodies.
The BCCI and ICC have recently sparred over the proposed revenue-sharing model. The new proposal would result in Indian cricket receiving a lot less money than they have in recent years.
Some reports suggest that the BCCI could lose up to $190 million if the new model is implemented. The Indian cricket administration will continue to remain the highest earners, but the massive pruning in their take-home earnings has prompted the BCCI to stoutly oppose the proposed model.
India's decision to not name the squad before the April 25 deadline is being viewed as BCCI's way of putting pressure on the ICC.
The BCCI is yet to officially seek an extension, which many could perceive as a show of defiance. The ICC extends the deadline only under special circumstances.
The BCCI top brass feels that naming the India 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. "Tell me one thing, if we name the squad, say for example on May 5, will ICC bar us from participation. We have a settled squad and naming it is a mere formality," a top BCCI official told PTI today.
The Champions Trophy will be held in the United Kingdon from June 1 to 18, and India are the defending champions.
(WION with inputs from agencies)