Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has blamed former ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar for delaying the announcement of suspending the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to next year.
Earlier this week, ICC officially announced the postponement of the mega event due to COVID-19. Many are blaming BCCI to pressurize the governing body for suspending the tournament to host IPL later this year. However, if Basit Ali is to be believed, the Indian board was not behind ICC’s decision.
Shashank Manohar played delayed tactics: Basit Ali
Since the outbreak of the virus, speculations of the cancellation of the tournament were going around. Cricket Australia, who had the hosting rights, had also made clear that they would be unable to organize the tournament. However, ICC didn’t take any final call which also hampered BCCI to scheduled IPL later this year.
If Basit Ali is to be believed, the BCCI isn’t at fault as it was Shashank Manohar who delayed the decision as he was against the IPL happening in place of the WC.
“It was a clear tactic of Shashank Manohar (the ex-Chairman of the ICC), the World Cup should have been postponed 1-1.5 months back, I am sorry the Indian viewers might feel bad, he did not want the IPL to happen. That is my opinion, I have said this before also. He played the delay tactics,” he said while speaking to his Youtube channel.
Nobody knows the inside story, says Basit Ali
Basit Ali also said that the BCCI is being unfairly blamed for the T20 World Cup not going ahead this year. The 49-year-old also went on to say that not many are aware of what happened behind the closed doors in the ICC meeting.
“There has been talk in social media and channels, even I had received calls but I refused to answer, that BCCI has put so much pressure that the World Cup got postponed and stopped the Asia Cup for the IPL to happen. Actually, people do not know the inside story of what was discussed in the ICC meeting. It was already known that the T20 World Cup was never going to happen as Australia had already refused to hold it,” he added.
Earlier, the IPL was scheduled from 29th March and was suspended indefinitely. However, now BCCI has got a clear window so fans are hopeful to witness the cash-rich league.