ICC Meeting on Friday, board to take decision on India’s hosting rights for 2021 T20 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board is scheduled to meet on Friday to decide whether Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) will host the 2021 T20 World Cup or will the rights of India will be passed to Cricket Australia (CA)?

After the postponement of the T20 World Cup in Australia this year, CA wants to host the postponed T20 World Cup in 2021. But the Indian board is not ready to give away their rights to host the World Cup event in 2021.

“We still want to host the T20 World Cup as scheduled and as per our hosting agreement with ICC in 2021. In the last meeting we have made it clear to the ICC Board that we are not ready to postpone our hosting rights to 2022. No country will see merit in hosting two world cups in two years”, said one of the senior BCCI official.

The ICC Board will meet via teleconference tomorrow at 4.30PM IST to decide on the issue.

Other than this, fate of ICC Women World Cup 2021 in New Zealand will also be decided in the meeting.

ICC Meeting on Friday @ 4.30 PM : BCCI & Cricket Australia on collision course

The postponement of the T20 World Cup in Australia this year has put both BCCI and CA on collision course. BCCI does not want to give away their hosting rights in 2021 and on the other hand Australian board feels it will be unfair to schedule the postpone world cup to 2022.

Cricket Australia’s chairman Earl Eddings had earlier written to the ICC saying that it wants to host the event in late 2021 when India is scheduled to host the T20 World Cup and does not want the hosting rights for this year’s tournament to be shifted all the way back to 2022.

This is the reason at the time of official postponement of the 2020 World Cup, ICC in its release also limited itself by disclosing the windows for the 2021 and 2022 world cups with venues being undecided.

Now CA have made it clear to the ICC that they would like to host the T20 World Cup in October 2021 as it had already started preparations and wouldn’t like to wait for two years but BCCI also doesn’t want to forego its right to host the tournament in 2021.

“The BCCI was originally scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and they would like to go ahead. Another reason being, hosting a T20 World Cup in 2022 and then a 50 over global event within a gap of just one year. It would be an overkill,” another ICC board member said.

However for Cricket Australia, it also has a few points in its favour.

“The ICC website states that those who have booked match tickets for Australia World T20 event should wait till further announcement. The reason being CA wants to host the event next year,” he said.

It is also learnt that there is a good chance that the eight-team Women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand in February-March 2021 will go ahead as per schedule.

“Yes, the qualification tournament is yet to be finished and since every country’s Covid situation is different, that is one headache that the ICC has. Going by health safety issues, New Zealand is one of the best performing nations globally,” he said.