ICC meeting LIVE – ICC Meeting Agenda: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet today to discuss, deliberate and probably decide & seal 5 very important matters that will have far-reaching impact on future of global cricket. While the ICC T20 World Cup slated to be held in October in India will take centre stage, there are other important matters on agenda including the Future Tours Programme (FTP) and 50-over World Cup format. Though most of the ICC Board members will attend the meeting virtually, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah will join the meeting in person in Dubai. Also the BCCI’s President Sourav Ganguly will join the meeting virtually.
The majority of the discussions will be for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup that was originally scheduled for 2020 in Australia. While 2021 hosting rights were given to India, the current COVID situation in the country and IPL 2021 forced suspension due to a bubble breach will also play a major role. The BCCI has asked for a month’s time to take a call on the World Cup.
While the ICC may not come to a decision on Tuesday on shifting the ICC T20 World Cup out of India and possibly to the UAE, the matter will take precedence besides the tax issue with the government of India. Other than that, the host of issues will also include the expansion of cricket with at least one ICC event each year. InsideSport.co takes a look at 5 big things that will be deliberated in the ICC meeting today afternoon –
ICC meeting: 5 big & important matters that will be tabled & deliberated in the meeting
ICC T20 World Cup: The major point of discussion is the ICC T20 World Cup. While it is too early to move it out of India, UAE is still a backup option in case COVID-19 situation in India spirals out of control again. With IPL 2021 set to resume in the UAE between September 17 to October 10, ICC will only get the venues a week before the marquee event, not an ideal scenario for the world body. Hence, the ICC will talk to BCCI representatives Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah on the matter. The BCCI is expected to ask for a month’s time on ICC T20 World Cup venue and the ICC AGM in July will have a definite answer.
The Tax Exemption issue will also come up for discussion during the meeting. Over the issue, the ICC even threatened to pull out the World Cup event from India in 2020. While BCCI officials have been discussing the matter with the government, it is yet to get green signal from the Indian government. In case BCCI can’t procure tax exemptions as mandated by ICC, they will have to take burden of $125 million (around Rs 900 crore) on the account. ICC is likely to press the BCCI again on the matter but it is unlikely to reach any solution.
FTP 2023-31 cycle: The current Future Tours Programme (FTP) cycle has been a mess due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with many series being cancelled or postponed, dealing a major blow to smaller cricketing nations. The major impact has been on Asian cricket nations which have borne the brunt of the pandemic the most.
The FTP program for the next cycle will be discussed and tabled during the meeting.
ICC World Test Championships: The other point of discussion will be the ICC World Test Championship. The current WTC cycle ends with the India-New Zealand finale starting on June 18. While the first cycle was impacted with many series cancelled due to the pandemic and ICC receiving a lot of backlashes for changing rules midway through the season, a decision will be made on the WTC. The current cycle was due to start with India’s five-match Test series against England but the cycle could be postponed to 2023 as per reports.
50-over World Cup teams: Keeping the expansion of cricket in mind, ICC is all set to increase the number of participating teams to 14 in the 50-over men’s World Cup, including a change in format. Currently, the 50-over World Cup allows 10 teams in a round-robin format in the main event with the top four teams playing semifinals. But it is set to be expanded to 14 teams bringing back the Super Six format from the 2027 World Cup.
The 14-team tournament will see a comeback of the 2003 World Cup format. 14 teams will be divided into two groups of 7 with the top three teams from each group advancing to Super Six. From there, the top four teams will play the semifinals. With England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) strongly in favour of expansion considering future Olympics inclusion in mind, a decision could be taken on Tuesday.
One ICC event every year: The bilateral fixture congestion saw the ICC Champions Trophy being replaced with another T20 World Cup. Back in 2019, the ICC approved an increase to eight ICC events each cycle but it did not occur with India and others not showing interest. But the BCCI is now on board with an expanded ICC event calendar. Hence, the 2023-31 cycle could see eight ICC events with a 50-over Champions Trophy-style tournament making a comeback, opening the doors to many associate nations to compete in.