Mumbai, May 13: BCCI has threatened to pull Team India out of Champions Trophy 2013 over the controversy surrounding Laxman Sivaramakrishnan's appointment to the ICC Cricket Committee, media reports on Monday claimed.
With Federation of Cricketers Association (FICA) demanding an enquiry into Sivaramakrishnan's election as Players' Representative replacing Tim May, BCCI now wants ICC not to refer the matter to Ethics Officer, according to media reports. If there is an enquiry, BCCI has threatened to not play in next months' global event Champions Trophy in England.
FICA felt BCCI pressurised other boards to ask their captains to vote for Sivaramakrishnan. It was reported that initially May had won the vote 9-1 but a re-vote was forced upon by BCCI and used its financial might to convince other boards to vote for Sivaramakrishnan.
May, who is also CEO of FICA wanted ICC to refer the issue to Ethics Officer and the world governing body had clarified that the voting went on as per "determined procedure."
"The ICC can confirm that it has received a written request from the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) to refer the matter to the Ethics Officer. This request is being considered, but in view of the allegations already appearing in the media, the ICC wishes to state for the record that the re-vote took place according to the determined procedure and that the ICC has seen no evidence that supports allegations now being made that captains were put under pressure by their Member Boards to vote for a particular individual," ICC had said in a statement few days back.