Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have skipped the deadline to announce the squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. BCCI raised objection to the new revenue model proposed by International Cricket Council (ICC), but they got very little support from other nations. Only Sri Lankan cricket board voted against the new revenue model, while other nations voted in favour of it, isolating BCCI.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan attacked BCCI by saying that India’s absence from ICC Champions Trophy 2017 won’t affect other playing nations as they are ready to face the likely possibility of India boycotting from the tournament.
“Yes, India has strongly opposed the resolution at the ICC meeting. However, it received the support only from Sri Lanka while the rest were in favour of getting rid of the ‘big three’ formula,” Shahryar Khan was quoted as saying by the Dawn.
Shahryar Khan also said that, apart from Sri Lanka, all other nations are ready to play the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 without India.
“India has warned the ICC about its likely reaction which may come in the form of Champions Trophy boycott but let me clear it that it will not work as most of the member countries are ready to play without India. And in that case [India boycotting Champions Trophy], West Indies or any other team could be included in the fray by the ICC,” Shahryar Khan said.
PCB chairman added that boycotting India may lead to financial losses but most of the member countries are ready for it.
“The ICC may face financial losses due to [possible] Indian absence at the Champions Trophy. However, most of the member countries are ready for it. Therefore, hopefully the [likely] boycott by India will not be enough to press the ICC for accepting BCCI demands,” the PCB chairman concluded.