The BCCI’s recent activities have put India’s hopes of defending their ICC Champions Trophy in jeopardy. Having won the tournament in 2013 in England, India missed its deadline to announce the squad for the Champions Trophy. While the BCCI claims that it was an operational error, it is clear that the administrative board has a rift with the governing body of International Cricket. ICC’s meeting in April saw ICC’s members approving a new constitution, governance structure and finance model. But that didn’t favour the BCCI as it will get a reduced share when compared to the previous Big Three model. The BCCI is now divided in this conflict.
Will Indian cricket lose out?
Some members of the board want India to accept the Members’ Participation Agreement, which if not accepted will lead to India not getting a chance to host any ICC event until 2023, including the 2021 Champions Trophy. Also, that would leave India being out of contention in the upcoming Champions Trophy and the 2021 edition of the Champions Trophy, the World t20 which is scheduled in 2020, the u19 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in 2018, 2020 and 2022 and the right to host the World Cup in 2019 and 2023. Missing out on the u19 World Cup will be a huge miss as the dreams of the colts will be shattered.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) May 4, 2017
Indian Eves to lose out as well
India was also set to host the 2023 World Cup and missing out on signing the deal will bring down the curtains on the same. Indian women will also be unable to take part in the ICC Women’s World Cup and Champions Trophy as well. Star India has already written to the ICC that it would be ‘meaningless’ if India doesn’t take part in the Champions Trophy.
ICC’s new idea of holding a Test Championship in 2021 will be held without the participation of India if India doesn’t accept the new agreement. Barring India, West Indies and Sri Lanka are the only teams to have won all the limited overs competitions and it would be a huge blow if India misses out on participating in any of the tournaments. BCCI has scheduled a meeting on May 7th to make a final decision on the participation in the Champions Trophy and also on the Members’ Participation Act. A lot of fans will be hoping for a positive decision from the BCCI.