The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to address the deadlock over the future of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia at a board members meeting on Wednesday. In this meeting, it can also be announced to start the nomination process for the next chairman. Board members can take a firm decision on the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia at this time, due to which the Covid-19 epidemic is hovering with uncertainty. In such a situation, will the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) agree to host Cricket Australia in 2022 instead of 2021.
In response to this question, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal told PTI, “First let the ICC announce what they intend for this year’s World T20. No formal announcement has been made regarding this year’s tournament yet. “A senior ICC board official said on the condition of confidentiality,” India will either host the 2021 tournament as per the pre-determined schedule and it will be held in Australia in 2022 or it can be reversed.
In any case, this decision will have to be made keeping in mind the bilateral chains. Another aspect is broadcaster Star India which has also invested in IPL and ICC competitions. The official said, “Star is also a stakeholder. Their opinion will also matter. “There are also speculations that if the T20 World Cup is postponed or canceled, then the Indian Premier League can be organized in October-November.”
Another important aspect will be whether the ICC’s outgoing chairman Shashank Manohar and the board will formally announce the nomination process for his successor. There are many contenders for this post. A month ago, Colin Graves of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) seemed to be the unanimous choice and still he is the main contender but the names of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Pakistan Cricket Board’s Favor Mani are also being fielded for the post. With which the matter has become interesting.
However, the BCCI has not yet made a formal decision to make Ganguly a candidate. Dhumal said, “What is the hurry?” They first declare the election process. There will be a time limit for this. We will decide at the right time. “Another issue is related to exemption of taxes for the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. The BCCI is already fighting a battle over taxes related to the T20 World Cup played in 2016 in India.
The issue of two crore 37 lakh dollars payable for this is still under the dispute resolution committee. As far as the ICC is concerned, they believe that the BCCI has not shown any commitment to the exemption in taxes, which is not possible without the approval of the Central Government. The BCCI has asked to give some time due to the lockdown due to Covid-19.