Ajay Shirke warns India may not play the Champions Trophy 2017

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BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke warns ICC that India may not play the Champions Trophy 2017 which will be held in June 2017 at England.

This was because of the recent budget issue of the BCCI with the ICC and that point was also discussed in the recent ICC’s finance committee meeting held Dubai.

Talking to Indian Express, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said that the exclusion from the committee is humiliating.

 “These are the committees where all the important decisions are taken — finance, commerce and chief executives committee; India not having a representative (in those committees) is a humiliation for us. We will tell the ICC, ‘either you amend this or we will decide what to do to protect India’s cricket interests globally’. It could be anything. We may even not play the Champions Trophy. Better sense may prevail, and we may not reach that stage at all. But there are so many options,” Shirke said.

According to the report in the daily, some sources said that Shirke has informed the ICC that if the Indian board continues to be ignored, it will have to think on “parallel lines”.

BCCI disappointed with ICC’s on the allocation of a budget of approximately $135 million  for the Champions Trophy compared to $45 million that was allocated to the BCCI by the ICC for the World T20 held earlier this march.

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