Teams ready to play Champions Trophy without India: Shahryar

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Teams ready to play CT without India

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan, who was speaking in Dubai where he went to attend the ICC Board meetings, said that most countries are ready to go ahead with the Champions Trophy even if India pull out. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ভারতকে ছাড়াই খেলতে রাজি বাকি দলগুলো]

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“Yes, India has strongly opposed the resolution at the ICC meeting. However, it received the support only from Sri Lanka while the rest were in favour of getting rid of the ‘big three’ formula,” the Dawn quoted Shaharyar as saying.

The 83-year-old said the BCCI’s probable boycott from the Champions Trophy in their bid to press the ICC to accept their demands will not work as most of the member countries are ready to play without India. [Read also: BCB boss discloses why he didn’t support India in ICC meeting]

“India has warned the ICC about its likely reaction which may come in the form of Champions Trophy boycott but let me clear it that it will not work as most of the member countries are ready to play without India. And in that case [India boycotting Champions Trophy], West Indies or any other team could be included in the fray by the ICC,” Shaharyar said.

The outspoken PCB supremo further added, “The ICC may face financial losses due to [possible] Indian absence at the Champions Trophy. However, most of the member countries are ready for it. Therefore, hopefully, the [likely] boycott by India will not be enough to press the ICC for accepting BCCI demands.”

Earlier, India had missed the April 25 deadline to submit their Champions Trophy squad to the ICC. The delay is being seen as a message from the BCCI to the ICC that it can still withdraw from the Champions Trophy should its demand to retain its share of revenue not be met.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com