BCCI unlikely to give nod for Olympic participation

NEW DELHI: The BCCI is unlikely to change its mind about participating in the 2024 Olympics, if cricket does get included in the event. A decision to this effect could be taken when the board's general body meets next. The BCCI's reluctance to adhere to the Olympic Charter, which would effectively make it a national sports federation, is well known.

A PTI report quotes Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Eduljee as saying that the matter is under discussion and will only be decided by the BCCI general body. The CoA and the BCCI meeting on Wednesday discussed the possible participation of the Indian cricket team in the Olympics, as well as several other contentious issues.

The meeting also decided to award Rs 15 lakh each to members of the national level men's and women's selection committees. Both men’s and women’s teams finished runners-up in their last ICC assignment and Eduljee said, "They have been rewarded for selecting good teams."

Among the other issues on Wednesday's agenda were former skipper Mohammed Azharuddin’s pending dues. The former captain suspended for life by the BCCI on charges of match-fixing. While the Andhra High Court quashed all charges of match-fixing against him in 2012, the case has now been referred to the general body, Eduljee said.

The BCCI legal team, meanwhile, is still studying the Kerala HC judgment given in favour of pacer S Sreesanth earlier this week.