New Delhi: In one of the biggest developments in the history of world cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has threatened to pull out of the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the BCCI bosses felt humiliated after the world's richest board was excluded from ICC's finance committee meeting.
"These are the committees where all the important decisions are taken — finance, commerce and chief executives committee; India not having a representative (in those committees) is a humiliation for us. We will tell the ICC, ‘either you amend this or we will decide what to do to protect India’s cricket interests globally’. It could be anything. We may even not play the Champions Trophy. Better sense may prevail, and we may not reach that stage at all. But there are so many options," BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke told newspaper.
Sources also stated that the BCCI would think on “parallel lines” if it continues to be ignored on ICC's negotiating table.
Ever since Shashank Manohar took charge of cricket's governing body, the Indian board has had constant run-ins with ICC.
Revoking the Big Three revenue model and plans of a two-tier Test system are the two other decisions that ICC faces opposition from the BCCI.
"The problem with the ICC now is that it is acting like a dictator. Apart from the Big Three model that the ICC now wants to change, it is slowly trying to keep the BCCI at bay," said another top BCCI official.
"Unfortunately, the BCCI is being deprived of a seat in the ICC finance committee. When 70 per cent of the ICC’s income comes from the BCCI, why should we not have a place in the finance committee? There’s no question of domination, but is the ICC trying to be a Robin Hood — robbing the rich and giving it to the poor?" said a BCCI office-bearer.
BCCI recently raised questions about ICC’s decision to allocate a budget of nearly $135 million to the England and Wales Cricket Board for hosting the Champions Trophy next year. The Indian board on the other hand was granted just $45 million for organizing the World T20 earlier in the year.
The ongoing feud between the BCCI and ICC needs to be resolved at the earliest. This ego clash could not just dent world cricket but also deprive fans from watching the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma at one of the world's premier cricket tournaments.