India's participation in the Champions Trophy, to be played in England from June 1 to 18, had been put on hold following the revenue sharing issue with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the matter was left to 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. They also ignored the 25th April deadline set by the ICC to reveal the squad for the matches.Veteran cricketers like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid were in favor of playing the tournament. Some also see reason in accepting the revised offer from the ICC, which has agreed to pay the BCCI $100 million more than the approved $293 million.
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"The BCCI. unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy".
On hearing the demands of the state bodies, the CoA asked the state association members to go back to the SGM and take a fresh call on how they would manage to implement the Lodha reforms.
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Putnam Street will be blocked off for attendees, and Pastor Rodney Lord from Freedom Gate Church will be overseeing the program. The day was broken into three sessions focusing on self-prayer, repentance, and prayer for leaders in the nation.
On Friday, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had warned the Board to refrain from taking any decision that might harm the interests of Indian cricket. "We don't want to pursue any legal case and don't want a confrontational approach", said Shukla. "The All-India Senior Selection Meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team", the BCCI said in a statement.
BCCI's current joint secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, has been given the task of cracking a deal with the ICC on its behalf while keeping the legal options open.
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Supreme Court of India had rendered N Srinivasan ineligible to attend ICC meeting as BCCI representative.