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The Committee of Administrators (COA) will move the Supreme Court (SC) if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) general body takes any decision which is "against the interest of Indian cricket" at its SGM on May 7, the COA has warned in a letter to the state units.
The letter comes amid speculation that the BCCI is seriously mulling a pullout from the Champions Trophy in England next month despite COA making it clear that such a decision could not be taken without its consent.
The COA letter also intimated members that the International Cricket Council (ICC) may be ready to renegotiate but the Indian board's demand for $570 million — stated according to 2014 revenue model — "will not be accepted" by the global body.
The point 13 of the letter states what COA would support any decision "which protects the interests of Indian cricket as a whole."
However, if the decision at the SGM is one which, "in our view, is against the interests of Indian cricket", the COA would not hesitate to seek the SC's guidance.
"...We would be duty bound to bring such decision to the attention of the Hon'ble Supreme Court, communicate our views to the Hon'ble Supreme Court and seek its intervention in the matter as also to take such other steps that we consider necessary to protect the interests of Indian cricket."
The N Srinivasan faction, which held a tele-conference on Tuesday trying to invoke Members' Participation Agreement (MPA) which allows a pull-out, are bullish about original the revenue model.
But the COA, through Point No.10 in the letter, has made it clear what awaits the BCCI if it goes on a collision course with the global body.
"The ICC and other cricket boards will certainly agree to an amount/share that is higher than what is envisaged under revised financial model."
The COA advised the BCCI members to exercise discretion while taking any extreme step.
"It is not in the interest of Indian cricket for BCCI to take any drastic step/measure which may result in breakdown of negotiations between BCCI, ICC and other cricket boards, especially since there is sufficient time between now and ICC conference to be held in June, 2017, for a negotiated outcome to be arrived at," the COA said.