Published On: Tue, Oct 4th, 2016

Forget about playing Pakistan: Anurag Thakur



Anurag Thakur, who is the Indian cricket boss, has advised on Monday that the main transformation required by the country’s biggest court can impel India to miss next year’s Champions Trophy in England and Wales.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) resists a suggestion that would avert cricket from being played more than 15 days later than the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) ends.

The eight-team Champions Trophy starts on 1 June, probably to be only days later than the glitzy IPL final which is typically organized in the last week of May.

The 15-day window has been suggested to shun player burnout; however, the BCCI states the break will affect in vast financial losses and complexities in postponement a full cricket calendar.

“I don’t know whether India will be able to play Champions Trophy in England next year or not,” Thakur said to reporters in Kolkata all through the second Test in opposition to New Zealand.

He continued by saying that “As per the recommendations you have to give a 15-day window before and after IPL. There is Australia series before IPL and Champions Trophy after it. So BCCI has to make a call whether they will play IPL or Champions Trophy.”

India’s Supreme Court has told to the BCCI to apply extensive organizational reforms suggested by a panel headed by ex-chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha.

The BCCI — which is included in the much prevailing bodies in world sport — discarded a few of the reforms, involving the 15-day window, at a special general meeting in Mumbai last week.

The Supreme Court has charged the BCCI of “behaving like lords” and said them to “fall in line”.

Thakur told “Forget about playing Pakistan, first let’s see whether we are able to play Champions Trophy or not. The chance of playing Pakistan only arises if we participate in Champions Trophy,”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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