New Delhi, Sept 7: Swords are once again drawn between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) and a livid Indian board is reportedly planning to pull out of Champions Trophy 2017.
The BCCI is apparently miffed after the global cricketing body snubbed the Indian board by excluding it from ICC's finance committee meeting held a few days ago in Dubai.
A visibly livid BCCI has now threatened to pull out defending champions India out from the tournament, scheduled to be held in England next year.
As per an Indian Express report, terming the board's non-inclusion in the finance committee meeting as a 'humiliation', BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said, "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."
Earlier on Sept 3, the BCCI has expressed its reservations with the ICC's decision to earmark a budget of US dollars 135 million (approximate) as the organisational cost for Champions Trophy 2017 scheduled in the United Kingdom from June 1-18, next year.
The budget is a three-fold increase from the USD 45 million that was allocated to the BCCI by the ICC for the World T20 held from March 8 to April 3, earlier this year. Whenever ICC conducts any tournament, a certain budget is allocated to the host country.
Meanwhile, the ICC on Wednesday (September 7) withdrew its contentious proposal of having a 'Two-Tier' Test system following "vehement opposition" from world's richest cricketing body, BCCI, with the support of Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.