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Defiant BCCI misses deadline for naming Champions Trophy squad

Source: PTI
April 25, 2017 21:59 IST
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday became the only team that missed the April 25 deadline set for announcing the India squad for Champions Trophy with all the other seven countries already naming their team list.

Pakistan also named their team, which is officially the last day of submission of the list to the govening body of world cricket.

The BCCI which is at loggerheads with the International Cricket Council on a number issues primarily being the massive reduction in their share of revenue has already issued a threat of pulling out of the June 1-18 event in the United Kingdom in which India are the defending champions.

However, the ICC constitution allows countries to name their squads post the deadline under certain circumstances.

As of now, BCCI is not mulling on extreme step of pulling out but obviously not naming the squad is being seen a pressure tactic.

Till late evening on Tuesday, the BCCI had not officially sought an extension, which many could perceive as a show of defiance.

The BCCI top brass feels that naming the India squad is a mere formality as the selectors know who are the certainties.

With atleast 14 of the 15 members of the Indian team more or less known, the Indian officials are in no tearing hurry.

"Tell me one thing, if we name the squad, say for example on May 5, will ICC bar us from participation? We have a settled squad and naming it is a mere formality," a top BCCI official said.

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