Champions Trophy 2017: Confused over participation in tournament, Indian cricketers call up CoA members

Mahim Gupta
The BCCI will have a meeting next week to sort out the matter

Confused over their participation in the upcoming Champions Trophy, Indian cricketers called up CoA members to get clarity if they will be defending their title or not in the United Kingdom come June. The BCCI has already missed the deadline for announcing the squad for the prestigious tournament.

India Today reported that a CoA member told them, “A number of Indian cricketers are ringing us up to ask, ‘Are we going or not?’ Why do we need to put them in such a situation. The consequences of such a move will be legal. We may have to cough up a heavy figure. Besides it will give Indian cricket a bad name.”

The report further added the CoA member to be saying, “Indian cricket is doing very well on the field. We need to showcase them not (boycott). If we don’t go what will the players do in June? Let’s not get them demoralised. We don’t want to take a hypothetical view. We are not against elected members. We will go that way only if they follow the negative route.” Also check-No bearing on ICC’s decision if India boycotts Champions Trophy: PCB

The BCCI meanwhile will have a meeting next week to sort out the matter. For now, the players are just as confused as the average cricket fan out there.