BCCI accuses CA of ‘blackmailing’ for rescheduling men’s ODI series

Cricket Australia (CA) has barred the country’s women cricketers from participating in the women’s Indian Premier League scheduled to launch next month over the dispute with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding next year’s men’s bilateral ODI series rescheduling.

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The move, henceforth, have been molded as ‘blackmail’ by the Indian cricket authority.

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Three Australian female cricketers — Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy who could have been the star attention in the women’s IPL have been stopped by CA to step further.

An email from Cricket Australia’s top official Belinda Clark (possessed by the Press Trust of India) pointed out the action as a “pressure tactic” to gain their coveted postponement of men’s ODI series.

“We will be in a position to consider the request when the current issue regarding the men’s ODI series that was agreed in the FTP for late January 2020 is resolved by Rahul (BCCI CEO Rahul Johri) and Kevin (CA CEO Kevin Roberts). I understand that this is being worked through at present,” Clarke wrote an e-mail to the IPL operations team.

BCCI, afterwards reproached the approach of CA quite harshly and made the vocal sounding as ‘blackmailing.’

“If you look at the contents of Belinda’s email, it is clear that they are resorting to blackmailing tactics. How is releasing women players related to men’s series. It was agreed as per FTP and they want to backtrack now,”

a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

As per the new Future Tours Program (FTP), Australia were supposed to play three ODIs in January 2020, which is during the peak of Australian summer, duo to pressure from broadcasters.


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