According to news reports, India may have to pull out of the Champions Trophy next year or not host the Indian Primer League (IPL).
According to BCCI president Anurag Thakur, if India is forced to implement Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations, then India would be forced to pull out of the Champions Trophy as they would be required to keep a gap of 15-day after IPL finishes.
According to Lodha Panel’s suggested reforms, there has to be a gap of 15 days before and after the IPL.
The Champions Trophy is scheduled to start on June 1 and finish on June 18, while the Indian Premier League will most likely end in the last week of May.
BCCI thus doesn’t have the required 15-day window recommended by the Pannel and is forcing India to pull out of the international event.
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“I don’t know whether India will be able to play Champions Trophy or not. If you go by the Lodha Committee report you have to play either the IPL or the Champions Trophy. So BCCI has to take a call on that.” – Anurag Thakur
What is more, BCCI would not be able to prepone the IPL as India is scheduled to play a series in Australia just before the IPL.
Further, when Thakur was asked if India and Pakistan would be in the same group after BCCI’s query, Thakur reverted back to his initial point and said “the question of India-Pakistan” will arise only if India plays the Champions Trophy.
He further expressed his frustration that the IPL schedule would be a problem every year…
“You have certain months to play in India. There is a window made available for IPL so you have to take a call whether the world’s fastest growing league, which has showcased to the world how you can make domestic cricket more popular, and give birth to many other leagues like football, hockey, badminton, kabaddi and all that whether that has to go.”