BCCI Supported PCB For Not Hosting ICC T20 World Cup In February-March To Organise PSL: Basit Ali

BCCI Supported PCB For Not Hosting ICC T20 World Cup In February-March To Organise PSL: Basit Ali

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Basit Ali. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Basit Ali has made some shocking insider revelations. Former Pakistan cricketer has opened up that the ICC was planning to organise the T20 World Cup in February and March but dropped the Idea after BCCI supported PCB to hold the Pakistan Super League (PSL) during that window.

Earlier this week, ICC had officially announced that the T20 World Cup 2020 is being postponed which was going to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. However, speculations of its cancellation had begun in May after Cricket Australia said that they would be unable to arrange the tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.

BCCI was the first to support PCB: Basit Ali

Ehsan Mani and Sourav Ganguly. Image Credit: Getty Images.

PCB usually hosts the PSL in the February-March window. If ICC had organised the mega event during that period, the Pakistan Board had to go under severe revenue loss. But BCCI support to PCB led ICC to withdraw the idea of arranging the mega event early next year, as per Basit Ali.

“PCB said that they would not agree because their PSL happens at the same time and the earnings from that is used in our domestic cricket. BCCI was the first to say that PCB (Ehsan Mani) was saying the correct thing and how they can withdraw their event which is scheduled in February-March,” the 49-year-old said while speaking on his Youtube channel.

PSL trophy. Image Credit: Twitter.

According to Basit Ali, after BCCI raised their voice, ECB had also given their vote for PCB.

“After that ECB head also spoke in our favour. Because of that the ICC dropped the idea of holding the World Cup that was planned to be held together in Australia and New Zealand in February-March,” he further said.

Basit Ali also said that ex-ICC chairman Shashank Manohar was behind the delayed announcement of ICC T20 World Cup. He also claimed that BCCI never pressurised ICC to postpone the event.

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