BCCI will request an extension of one month to decide on hosting the T20 World Cup in India amid the looming threat of COVID-19, when the ICC Almighty Council held a virtual meeting on Tuesday to discuss a number of other issues.
Whereas it was previously decided that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly would attend the meeting in person, it is clear that he will now attend virtually and leave for the UAE on Wednesday to discuss the organization of IPL with the Emirates cricket board.
No concrete results are expected at the meeting and after July 1 BCCI will hold another SGM. The ICC is likely to make a formal announcement of its final decision during its annual conference, which begins on July 18.
While the rest of the IPL was transferred to the United Arab Emirates between September 15 and October 15, the Indian Cricket Board does not want to miss the opportunity to host the global T20 event, which also has backup hosts from the Emirates.
“The number of COVID-19 cases is declining, but it’s clearly not yet a situation where we can make a firm commitment to host World T20. Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah are right to ask for a month’s time to resolve,” said a senior source. from the BCCI. events told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“Obviously they will also get feedback from the government on whether it would be wise to accept it in India. The second aspect is that you never know when cases will rise again. At the moment, locking in different parts of the country is yielding some good results, but as we saw the sudden jump during the IPL, the situation remains volatile, “he said.
One thing is clear, however, that even if BCCI manages to host the tournament between the third week of October and the second week of November, there is no doubt that nine cities will be assigned games.
“If BCCI manages to host the tournament in October-November, which is currently a 50-50 probability, it could mean a single city three place in Mumbai, along with Pune and Ahmedabad as a place for the final.
“This restriction travels. But Pakistan’s team, which plays in Maharashtra and Gujarat, must also be included,” the source said.
The other problem that BCCI is currently facing is the tax exemption that ICC receives for its global events. Of course, while the BCCI has discussions with senior government officials, there are no easy solutions.
If BCCI fails to settle the government’s tax exemption, it will have to waive ICC revenues of $ 125 million (approximately INR 905).
“In this post-pandemic world and the hostile economic climate, which is quite hostile, the Indian government, which provides tax relief of close to 1,000 rupees for cricket, seems like desirable thinking,” the source said.
“But then, if BCCI manages, it’s good for them. In any case, we are unlikely to give up our hosting rights, even if they are held in the UAE,” the BCCI source added.
FTP cycle 2023-31
Futures tours and the program cycle for the next eight years between 2023 and 2031 will also be discussed with provisions for the leading ICC events, in addition to the bilateral series.
“Obviously because of the pandemic, every cricket board has lost money and bilateral events are the way to reimbursement. earlier.
“They need to take care of the financial health of their boards,” the official added.
Also, the future of the World Test Championship will also be discussed after a much shortened first edition due to the pandemic.
ICC President Greg Barclay expressed his concerns about the future of the tournament a few months ago, but many believe that its prospects cannot be assessed in a year in which there has been a global crisis.
Global strategy for the future
The ICC will also discuss a strategy for the global growth of the game with a special focus on women’s cricket.
India’s participation in the British Community Games in 2022 gave a big boost to the ICC along with the BCCI’s approval in principle to participate in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
The ICC Council wants to spread the game evenly in 104 countries.
“Women’s play is the next big thing, and the T20 is a tool to promote women’s play worldwide,” the source said.