New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to announce India's 15-man squad for upcoming ICC Champions Trophy on an immediate basis.
CoA, who wasn't impressed with a faction of Indian board contemplating pulling out from the tournament, today sent a strongly-worded seven-point letter to joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary.
The move came after the BCCI deliberately missed the April 25 deadline for submission of the squad in the wake of ICC proposing a new financial model which reduces BCCI's revenues from USD 570 million to USD 293 million.
The CoA has copied the e-mail to all office-bearers about how the delay in team selection is portraying Indian cricket and cricketers in "negative" light.
The point No. 5 of the CoA diktat states:"You are aware that the squad representing India at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was to be submitted by 25th April 2017 but the squad has not even been selected as yet. Please convene a meeting of the selection committee for selecting the squad immediately. The squad can then be submitted to the ICC without prejudice to BCCI's legal rights."
The COA told that the office-bearers should keep in mind while mulling a pull-out that "India are the best team in the world today".
"Team India should be provided with a supportive environment to showcase Indian cricket instead of being surrounded with uncertainty and confusion. There has been more than enough negativity surrounding Team India's participation in the ICC Champions Trophy and the sooner the same is put to rest the better," the letter states.
The COA reminded the office-bearers and state unit officials that the "players' interest should be paramount".
"The focus should be on enabling our team to achieve even greater heights and further laurels, which will automatically attract higher revenues," the letter further stated.
The COA pointed out that the officials running the cricket in the country have lost sight of the fact that India's position in global cricket has been achieved by consensus and not by confrontational approach.
"The BCCI appears to have lost sight of the fact that it attained a pre-eminent position in the ICC not by a combative approach but by building consensus and ensuring a positive image including by helping other cricket boards in their time of need."
In the letter, the COA also questioned need to send a legal notice to ICC when the matter is yet to be placed before the general body.