- T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November
- ICC said – all options are being explored for T20 World Cup, but preparations continue according to the schedule
Jun 10, 2020, 10:11 PM IST
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has postponed a month's decision on the future of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year. This was decided at the board's virtual meeting on Wednesday. Here, the ICC has granted the BCCI an extension of the tax exemption till December.
The decision to organize the Women's Cricket World Cup to be held in 2021 will also be taken next month.
T20 World Cup preparations to continue as per schedule: ICC
The ICC issued a statement stating that it has been agreed among the member states that it will continue to explore contingency plans for organizing the Men's T20 World Cup and the 2021 Women's Cricket World Cup in October, but both tournaments Preparation of the program will continue according to the schedule. The T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November.
'Safety and health of players is most important'
ICC CEO Manu Sahni said in a statement after the meeting – we will get only one chance to decide on this and it should be right. We will continue to consult our members, broadcasters, governments and players to take appropriate decisions.
According to the ICC, the health of the players and all sides is important in the situation arising out of Corona. Therefore, the board is constantly reviewing the rapidly changing situation. So that a way can be found to organize a cricket tournament keeping health and safety in mind.
Indian board gets deferment on tax exemption
The ICC has decided to end the tug of war with the BCCI on the tax exemption issue by at least December. Apart from this, the International Cricket Council has extended the deadline to get tax exemption from the Indian board government. This tax exemption is mandatory for ICC tournaments like T20 and ODI World Cup. There has been a long-standing dispute between the two sides on this matter.
Earlier, BCCI had asked IBC (ICC's business unit) till June 30. However, the ICC refused to grant this additional time. If the tax exemption is not granted, the ICC could suffer a loss of about $ 100 million (about Rs 756 crore).
There can be 3 options for the World Cup
Australia does not want the World Cup this year due to the epidemic. So there are three options regarding this tournament.
- The first option is to have the World Cup between January and March in 2021, but then IPL will also be held in March-April. Also, England is to visit India in January-March. Where a series of 5 Tests will be played. In such a situation, it is very difficult to have a World Cup.
- The T20 World Cup is to be held in India in October next year. In such a situation, the other option that was discussed was to host Australia for the 2021 tournament. While India can get the World Cup in 2022 as well.
- The third option is that Australia can hold the World Cup in 2022. Many players and cricket boards will also be ready for this. Provided there are no ICC events during that time.