Sunil Gavaskar believes BCCI has right to pull out India from 2017 Champions Trophy

Sudipta Biswas
The former India captain wants better sense to prevail by giving Indian cricket top priority.

The former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is within its right to pull  out India, the defending champion, from the 2017 Champions Trophy.

As ICC broke the ‘Big three’ system the Indian cricket suffered a huge financial blow. ICC implemented a new governance and financial system as all Full Members, except BCCI, support ICC’s proposals.

“If they go strictly by the book when the 2014 model came into being, I think with that legal agreement, they are entirely within their rights if they decide to withdraw from the tournament,” Gavaskar told NDTV. “The agreement that was there in 2014 has been completely overlooked. I don’t think we should forget that.” Also read: Champions Trophy 2017: Team India’s participation to be decided in SGM on May 7

The legendary batsman questioned the sanctity of the latest revamp  “The thing is, if the 2014 model has been overlooked, maybe you can overlook the 2017 model also in a couple of months. That is also entirely possible because, in this world of constantly changing loyalties and constant changing friends, anything can happen,” Gavaskar told the TV channel.

As BCCI seems not eager to participate in the Champions Trophy 2015 and all Full Members outvoted BCCI, there was a fear of isolation.

However, the cricketer turned commentator brushed aside the concerns among some cricket officials that the BCCI would be isolated and Indian cricket suffer if boycott the Champions Trophy. Also read: Sachin Tendulkar should help in cricket administration, says COA Chief Vinod Rai

Gavaskar also said that the IPL paid almost five times the money to the foreign players which proved BCCI’s financial strength.

“What perhaps would be — Australia and England (series) has been there since 1877 and is an iconic series — when it comes to other countries playing, they don’t get that kind of money. When India tour the money doubles, trebles, quadruples, I don’t exactly know how much. So, there is no way India can be isolated.

However, However, Gavaskar felt the BCCI’s global influence has waned.

“The only influence that has remained constant at international level has been that of England and Australia… Maybe India is not as powerful as it was maybe a couple of years back. Maybe they will have to look within themselves why that has happened, because of things that have happened, and only the BCCI is responsible for that,” he said.

Gavaskar dismissed the ICC argument that dismantling the 2014 revenue plan would ensure equitable distribution of funds.

“If the $590 million or whatever the BCCI was supposed to get, if that is wrong, then how is the $290 million or the other $100 million that is being offered, right? If the whole idea is equitable distribution among all cricket boards, then every board must get exactly the same amount.