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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is undoubtedly the richest and the most influential among all the cricketing boards in the world. However, even they have found themselves on the receiving end this time around. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has turned down BCCI’s request to postpone the date of their board meeting on the 29th of March to another which is slated to take place in Dubai.

A few days ago BCCI president Sourav Ganguly made an informal request to the apex body to shift the date since the board’s top-most delegates would attend the gathering.

Well, the reason why the BCCI drafted the application is that the meeting is understood to clash with the thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League, which also begins on the 29th of March this year.

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A trusted source of the ICC stated that last-minute changes weren’t possible since the dates for these meetings had been notified to all the member countries in August 2019 itself.

Notably, it is understood that a series of meetings would be held on 27-29th March.

“The BCCI had written to the ICC to request for a date change, but that wasn’t possible. The dates for these meetings (there is a series of ICC meetings in Dubai from March 27-29) were communicated to all the member countries in August last year. All the travel/ accommodation/meeting space is booked for all the meeting participants accordingly.” said a source as quoted by Times of India.

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BCCI, Vinod Rai
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The representative further declared that all the meetings of the ICC are scheduled well in advance, including the annual conference that would take place in Cape Town on July 17th and 18th 2020.

And hence, the concerned official questioned the BCCI why weren’t these dates considered before preparing the schedule for the IPL.

“The dates for all the ICC meetings are fixed well in advance. Even the dates for the next annual conference of the ICC, scheduled to be held in Cape Town on the 17th & 18th this year, were finalized last August itself,” the source stated.

The question that is bound to be raised in the BCCI is that if the dates of the meeting were fixed in August last year, why were they not considered before the IPL schedule was prepared?” the source continued.