The ICC board of directors is meeting on the first of June to state the condition of India as a host T20, which is less than six months away. It is unlikely that a final call will be made to continue the tournament in India, but participants are expected to know in detail when and how to start emergency planning if the tournament does not continue there.
India is currently experiencing a strong second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and has recorded a record number of infections and deaths since April, forcing it to reduce its IPL levels this season.
The BCCI itself is scheduled for a series of meetings leading to these ICC meetings. One of them, scheduled for May 29, is when the BCCI addresses its members – the state association – and provides up-to-date information on the planning of the rest of the IPL and the T20 FIFA World Cup. The United Arab Emirates is the official support of the International Criminal Code for this event unless there is progress in India.
In the event that the tournament moves to the United Arab Emirates, the issue of maintaining BCCI hosting rights will be a key issue for ICC classification. They bring a significant amount to the host, somewhere between $ 250,000 and $ 300,000 per match for an ICC event. Dhiraj Malhotra, the BCCI’s appointed director of the tournament, recently said in a BBC podcast that if the FIFA World Cup is moved to the United Arab Emirates, which he said was the “worst-case scenario”, the Indian Council would like to keep its host right.
There is a precedent when Pakistan lost the rights to host the 2011 FIFA World Cup (after a terrorist attack on a team in Sri Lanka), but struggled – and won – to withhold hosting fees.
BCCI recently selected nine venues for 16 teams. It is currently scheduled to be played from mid-October to November 14. Restrictions on travel between the UAE and India due to the deteriorating nature of the pandemic in India meant that the visit of the ICC inspection team had to be canceled in April.
The pandemic caused significant disruptions, especially at the T20 World Cup. The 2020 event, which was originally scheduled to take place in Australia, has been postponed and then transferred to India, which will take place this year. On the other hand, Australia was given the right to host the 2022 edition.
The ICC also expects from the BCCI up-to-date information on the long-standing issue of tax exemptions requested by the global body from the Government of India to conduct activities in India. Both the ICC and the BCCI did not see the issue face to face, as the global body withdrew nearly $ 20-30 million from the BCCI’s share of ICC’s central revenues in 2016. The ICC stated that it lost the amount due to the fact that the BCCI did not provide government benefits.
In 2020, the ICC even threatened to withdraw the World Cup from India in case the BCCI does not receive a tax exemption. Although both sides have since tried amicably to resolve the issue, the CCI has not yet found a final solution.
2021 is a disaster for the whole world. However, as cricket comes back to our screens, we will be able to place bets online in India, specifically on IPL.