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BCCI set to strongly defy idea of replacing Champions Trophy 2021

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will oppose making decision by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to convert 2021 Champions Trophy to a World T20. BCCI said any such decision would cost them approximately USD 30 million.

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BCCI treasurer Anirudh Choudhury said to Indian Express, “It is now learnt that there is a proposal to replace the Champions Trophy tournament scheduled in 2021 by a World T20 event. This might cause a loss of about $30 million to the BCCI and its stakeholders.”

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“Knowing the mood of the member organizations of the BCCI, in all likelihood, this would be unacceptable to the BCCI’s General Body which had earlier resolved that the Member Participation Agreement with the ICC would not be executed without the approval of the General Body,” he said.

Choudhury further said, “Having worked with Mr. Manohar, one realizes that he does miss out on briefing the house on crucial information that has potentially significant ramifications for the organization concerned and therefore it is important for the ICC Board to understand the correct picture vis-à-vis the BCCI.”

“How can we, the BCCI, devalue the life of a child playing cricket in a remote district in India in order to add value to a life of someone playing cricket in Ireland or Pakistan. Also, we must not lose sight of the fact that the Champions Trophy is a brainchild of the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, who conceptualized it for the greater sustenance of the 50-over format,” the BCCI treasurer had further dig on the matter.

The issue might be in front in the coming ICC meeting in Kolkata on Wednesday and Thursday.

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