In one of those political dramas within the International Cricket, the Board of Cricket for Control in India and the International Cricket Council are not standing on the same line for the upcoming few major events. Recently, ICC told BCCI to get the exemption of the tax by conduction the 2012 and 2023 ICC events. However, BCCI didn’t like the suggestion,
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the recent ICC quarterly meeting was told by the world body to get tax exemption for conducting future global events like the 2021 T20 World Cup and 2023 ODI World Cup.
If BCCI fails to get the exemption, it will have to bear the tax liability in hosting the showpiece events. But the move has not gone down well with certain sections within the board.
Let BCCI take the Revenue Out – BCCI
Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that the ICC was free to move the tournament out of India if it felt that was the way forward as matters related to tax needed the government’s approval and external pressure would not help.
“We will abide by what the Tax Department and the Ministry decide on this. We would love for the World Cup to take place here, but if the ICC wants to play hardball, they must be ready for everything. If they want to take the ICC tournament out of India, it’s fine. Let BCCI then take the revenue out of the ICC and see who loses more,” BCCI official said.
“That in-charge of administration are trying to take policy decisions without jurisdiction to do so. The ICC will find it difficult to hold the BCCI to those decisions since a lot of these decisions do not have the approval of the board,” the official pointed.
No way BCCI should agree to this – BCCI
Another BCCI official added that while the ICC claims to have an inclusive approach, it looks at every possible opportunity to hurt India’s interest. He believes that the Indian board might not agree to it. Further, he added that ICC can’t take out the showpiece event away from India.
“See, this is a result of a situation where the present BCCI is found wanting. The CoA bigwig wants to show that he is in control of things and whenever that happens, the democratic functioning of an organisation is the first casualty.
“There is no way that the BCCI should agree to this. The ICC cannot, on the one hand, say that they aim to have an inclusive approach and on the other hand look at every possible opportunity to hurt India’s interest,” the official signed off.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out. Most probably, they would sit on this matter once again before taking a fine call. In most of the cases, India won’t lose hosting rights. If that takes place, BCCI might cause a heavy loss to ICC in the revenue section.