India's cricket team to participate in Champions Trophy

The CoA had told the BCCI on May 2 that it could sent its notice to the ICC only if all 30 state associations voted "unanimously" to do this at the SGM.

While it may be a tad melodramatic to suggest that Indian cricket is at the crossroads - yet again - there is no doubt that Sunday's special general meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India could at least in the short term, define the country's relations with the wider cricketing community.

With the BCCI and COA divided on whether India should pullout of the Champions Trophy after the ICC cut its financial wings by reworking the revenue model of the worldwide body, the letter came amid speculation that the BCCI was seriously mulling a pullout.

India is the defending champion of the ICC Champions Trophy. "The All-India Senior Selection Meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team", the BCCI added.

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Earlier, India head coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli said that the team is keen to participate in the tournament, which they won in 2013 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

At last month's ICC meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 in its bid to halt the revised deal which considerably slashes India's share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle.

Acting BCCI president C. K. Khanna ended the speculation surrounding India's participation in the Champions Trophy, confirming to Sportstar that the team will not be withdrawn from the tournament. The court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) which is running the BCCI - and to which the Indian board's office bearers have to report until a new constitution is adopted as per the Lodha Committee's recommendations to the board - at one point had to step in to prevent a segment of the board from serving notice to the ICC on the matter. "We will inform the Supreme Court about their concerns", a source close to COA said.

  • Ismael Montgomery