The fate of T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia later this year, is still unclear, with the ICC yet to take a decision on the tournament and the 2021 Women’s ODI World Cup. However, a decision is expected next month.
In a media release, the apex governing body of cricket stated that it will continue to explore a contingency plan for the future of the marquee events amidst the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic.
ICC will get only one chance to make the right decision
ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said that the governing body will assess and evaluate the changing situations caused by the deadly pandemic and see how the mega-events can be staged while protecting the health and safety of everyone involved.
“The situation surrounding the global pandemic is evolving rapidly and we want to give ourselves the best possible opportunity to make the right decision for the whole sport. The health and well-being of everyone involved is our priority and other considerations fall out from that.”
Sawhney further added that the governing body will continue to consult with everyone associated with the game and the events to make a decision which would be right for all.
“We will only get one chance to make this decision and it needs to be the right one and as such we will continue to consult with our Members, broadcasters, partners, governments and players and to ensure that we make a well informed decision.”
ICC extends deadline for BCCI to find a tax solution
In yesterday’s meeting, ICC decided to extend the deadline for BCCI to find a tax solution which created a rift between the two cricketing bodies.
Notably, a blunt exchange of emails had taken place between the ICC and the BCCI over the past two months. In those exchanges, ICC wanted an unconditional confirmation for tax exemption, while BCCI urged the top body to extend the date to at least till June 30th, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Board discussed the ongoing issue of tax exemptions required for ICC events and agreed to extend the deadline given to the BCCI to provide a tax solution to December 2020.”