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The re-elected Secretary told the media on Wednesday that there is no dispute with the ICC © Getty Images

Ajay Shirke, who was on Wednesday elected unopposed as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary at the 87th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the board after a brief first term, conceded that there indeed was a “difference of opinion” with the International Cricket Council (ICC) but cleared that it did not amount to a “stand-off” with the world body. Shirke, also the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) chief, was appointed as BCCI secretary in July after Anurag Thakur was elected as president, following Shashank Manohar’s decision to move to the ICC.

The re-elected Secretary told the media on Wednesday that there is no dispute with the ICC and it is the media that has created it all. “There is no stand-off with anybody, it is being created by you the media. Yes (all is well between BCCI and ICC). They are our parent body. We have differences, there is no stand-off. We had differences on the two-tier structure, it is settled, they withdrew it,” said Shirke.

When he was asked to comment on BCCI’s non-representation in ICC’s Finance Committee, Shirke said, “we have differences and they will settle. They will hear us out and give us a hearing, if they don’t give us justice then there may be a stand-off”.

BCCI President Thakur has been at loggerheads with ICC Chairman Manohar for quite some time now. The bone of contention between the two seems to be the reported allocation of USD 135m for Champions Trophy, two-tier system in Tests and centralised marketing of the broadcast rights of bilateral series.