Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan feels the International Cricket Council (ICC) wouldn’t be too bothered if India pulls out of the Champions Trophy over the global cricket body’s revised financial model.
Shaharyar, speaking in Dubai, was quoted as saying in an ANI report, "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.
He claimed that most of the other member countries are ready to play even if India pull out of the Champions Trophy. "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.
Shaharyar admitted the ICC might face some financial losses in the event, but 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," the PCB chairman added.
As per ICC’s new financial model BCCI will receive 293 million dollars from 2016 to 2023. Earlier, the board was getting an amount of 570 million dollars as part of the 'Big Three' formula.
--By A Cricket Correspondent