The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has remained at the epicentre of all the discussions regarding the scheduling and the rescheduling of ICC events in recent times, primarily due to the COVID-19 crisis. The ICC is currently in conversation with all other cricketing brains whether to award the 2021 T20 World Cup to India or Australia. Meanwhile, the BCCI has entangled itself with the tax exemption issue that might take away its hosting rights for the 2021 edition.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has listed tax exemption as a mandatory requirement for host countries. While the BCCI was supposed to confirm that they had one already by the 18th of May, they haven’t yet. Due to this, the apex body of cricket has threatened the Indian Board would shift the competition from India to elsewhere.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came across a similar issue in 2016 when the government refused to provide tax exemption. There has been no change in Delhi’s stance despite repeated appeals. In case India doesn’t get the hosting rights, Australia would host the 2021 event with India probably serving for the subsequent year.
“We are discussing with the ICC, and we’ll resolve it”: BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal
Nevertheless, the association’s treasurer Arun Dhumal has come forward and rubbished such reports, saying that the negotiations are on. Dhumal addressed it by saying that the tournament runs no risk of getting shifted and that they will resolve the issue.
“There is no risk to the tournament. That is a work in progress. We are discussing it with the ICC and we’ll resolve it.” Arun Dhumal said as quoted by Reuters.