As we all know that some of the top members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are considering boycotting the ICC champions’ trophy series over its brawl with the world body, but the coach Anil Kumble came under fire from officials for supporting India’s participation in the upcoming series. On the other hand, it is still not cleared that the defending champions India would participate in the ICC Champions Trophy or not. The Indian coach Anil Kumble recently approached to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying that his team is keen to participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, which has put him in a no-win situation among the cricket officials.
In a protest against the International Cricket Council for adjusting its revenue sharing and governance model that would considerably reduce the India’s share, some of the top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are supporting a boycott of the upcoming ICC tournament, starting from June 1. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) (appointed by the Supreme Court) has told the BCCI to select the Indian team for the tournament and the deadline was April 25. They also directed that there should not wage an administrative clash with the global body on it. The ex-Indian cricketers like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar have expressed that team India should participate in the tournament.
On the other hand, coach Kumble’s taking a stand on the same has gone hard to digest for the members of the Indian Board (BCCI). A senior BCCI member said to Hindustan Times that it’s not a business of Kumble to come into this matter. “It is the institution which decides and not one individual. Kumble writing to the Board about his decision of wanting to play in the Champions Trophy was uncalled for. He had no business in doing this,” said a senior BCCI member to Hindustan Times. There’s another senior official said that “Kumble is going to be on a sticky wicket for this act once the Board members take control of BCCI. It is just a matter of time.”
It is also supposed that some of the members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are also against a further delay in the selection of the team because of the lengthy paperwork and visa procedure included traveling to the tournament, which is to be played in Britain (England and Wales). A senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, “The visa procedure will take time, while the option to withdraw is always there.”
There would not be really a difficult task for the BCCI to select a 15-member team and some places where the team needs to be strengthened; the MSK Prasad and his mates will have many of the options to select the best performers of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian team is scheduled to begin its series with its first match against Pakistan on June 4, and we can imagine how excited the fans of both nations are to experience the on-ground battle between two teams.