BCCI sings ICC tune on 20/20
The Indian Board said it was not averse to the concept of either the Champions Trophy or the 20Twenty format of the game.india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 17:09 IST
Softening it stand, the Indian Cricket Board on Thursday said it was not averse to the concept of either the Champions Trophy or the 20Twenty format of the game and was willing to toe the ICC's line provided there was a consensus among all other member boards.
"We met and discussed about it. Although we are not favourable (to 20Twenty), ultimately if a decision is taken unanimously in ICC, we will respect it," Pawar said at a press conference on Thursday.
Asked about India's reluctance to take part in future Champions Trophy which it had said was becoming a long-drawn affair, Pawar said, "the report is not authentic".
Pressed further, citing BCCI Vice-President Lalit Modi's remark that India could make more money by playing in a bilateral series than in the Champions Trophy, Pawar said "it is his personal view. It is not the view of BCCI."
Pawar also denied that there would be additional burden on BCCI in hosting the championship which would run over 30 days.
"The ICC finalised the schedule after consultations with us. We had full knowledge of the schedule and we totally agree to it.
"It is a very important event for world cricket and we are looking forward to work in partnership with ICC to deliver an exceptional tournament."
India have not hosted a major cricket tournament since the 1996 World Cup which it jointly organised with Pakistan and Sri Lanka.