The apex governing body of cricket ICC recently threatened BCCI to take away the hosting right of T20 World Cup 2021 from India. ICC added that it reserve all the rights to shift T20 World Cup from India to a new venue.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, a blunt exchange of emails has taken place between the two bodies over past two months. In the long exchange of emails, ICC wanted an unconditional confirmation for tax exemption while BCCI urged the top body to extend the date at least till June 30 citing coronavirus pandemic.
IBC can terminate Hosting right of T20 World Cup 2021
Jonathan Hall, the ICC’s general counsel wrote to BCCI on April 29 that the ICC Business Corporation (IBC) can anytime terminate the hosting contact after May 18 of this year if BCCI fails to find a Tax solution.
“In light of the BCCI’s notification of force majeure, we would highlight the obligation on the BCCI… of the Host Agreement and that IBC (ICC Business Corporation) is entitled to terminate the agreement with immediate effect at any time from 18 May 2020,” Jonathan Hall, the ICC’s general counsel, wrote to the BCCI on April 29.
Explaining the reason, he added that BCCI had has many year with him for the solution and that’s why IBC cannot extend the deadline requested by BCCI.
Current situation unrealistic and beyond control of BCCI
Making its point, one of the richest cricket bodies, BCCI had written to ICC and informed that the current coronavirus situation is unrealistic and it’s not under the grip of BCCI, however it is making all its effort for the solution.
“While BCCI has been making all efforts to get a ‘tax solution’ for the event, in view of the current situation, which is beyond the control of the BCCI, it is not possible for BCCI to obtain requisite permission/consent from the Government of India before April 17, 2020.”
“In light of the above, the BCCI hereby requests IBC to grant an extension of time till June 30, 2020 or 30 days after the lockdown is lifted, whichever is later,” added BCCI over the email.