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ICC still exploring contingency plans for T20 World Cup

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Filed on June 10, 2020
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney. - Supplied photo

The Board also agreed to extend the deadline given to the BCCI to provide a tax solution, to December this year

The fate of this year's men's T20 World Cup still hangs in the balance with a decision on whether to go ahead with it or postpone it, again deferred till next month.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board met again via video conference on Wednesday and said that they would continue to explore a number of contingency plans regarding the future of the T20 World Cup and the women's Cricket World Cup 2021 until next month.

The Board revealed after the meeting that planning for delivery of the events in the scheduled window is ongoing.

"The Board expressed its desire to continue to assess and evaluate the rapidly changing public health situation caused by Covid-19 working with key stakeholders including governments to  explore how the events can be staged to protect the health and safety of everyone involved," the ICC said in a statement.

"This contingency planning process will evaluate health and safety, cricket, partner and host considerations ensuring any decision taken is in the best interests of the sport, its Members and fans," the statement added.

The men's T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.

"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," ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said on Wednesday.

"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," he added.

This is the second time in the span of three weeks, that the Board has deferred its decision on the T20 World Cup. The Board had earlier met via teleconference on May 28 and had decided to postpone the decision until Wednesday.

The deferment could also have an effect if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) plans to host the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) during that window if the T20 World Cup is postponed.

TAX EXEMPTIONS

Meanwhile, the Board also 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 this year.

The issue is related to the T20 World Cup to be hosted by India next year and the BCCI were initially given a deadline of December 31, 2019 which was later extended to April 17 this year, to gain the mandatory tax exemption from the Indian government, to host ICC tournaments. The ICC had told the BCCI to provide confirmation by May 18 but the Indian Board had requested an extension until June 30 or 30 days after the lockdown in India is lifted, whichever is later.

INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION

The Board also received an update on the independent investigation into confidentiality of Board matters. The enquiry, which is being led by the ICC Ethics Officer, will be supported administratively by a sub-group of the Board comprising Independent Director Indra Nooyi and Chair of the F&CA Ehsan Mani. All Members of the Board and ICC Management are party to the enquiry," the ICC said.

james@khaleejtimes.com


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