The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board is scheduled to meet online today. In this meeting, the decisive phase will be discussed about the future of the T20 World Cup to be held this year. The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) hopes that it will be postponed, allowing the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be organized. The T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November.
Corona virus cases have increased significantly in India too and its number has crossed 1 million. At the same time, the number of dead is also more than 25 thousand. If the IPL is organized in such a manner, then it can be organized in the UAE after getting approval from the central government. A member of the BCCI’s top council said, “The first step was to postpone the Asia Cup which is done.” Only after the announcement of cancellation of T20 World Cup, we can proceed with our plan.
This year’s T20 World Cup is expected to be held in Australia in 2022. Because at the moment India does not want to change its right to host the 2021 tournament with Cricket Australia. Australia will not host this prestigious tournament, it was clear at the time that the Cricket Board had asked its players to prepare for the limited-overs series against England at the end of September.
However, the ICC has said that it wants to consider all possible emergency options before making such a big decision and it is not uncommon for the governing body to wait so long. A source familiar with the conduct of the ICC said, “Pakistan was to host the Champions Trophy in 2009. After the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, everyone knew that the Pakistan Cricket Board would not be able to host a big competition in the near future. ‘
“Despite this, the ICC kept its staff in Pakistan for months while South Africa was already preparing to host the tournament,” he said. Everyone was aware but the formal announcement to change the venue took months as threat assessment is part of the rules. The source said, “The ICC cannot postpone the Ninth T20 World Cup as the Australians initially The top ministers of the government had expressed their eagerness to host.
The postponement of the Asia Cup to 2021 is a setback for Ehsan Money and his team, who were opposing the Indian board. The PCB has to host the Asia Cup. It is learned that the PCB is in contact with other boards to host some bilateral series, as the national team does not play any series after the tour of England.
ICC to Nominate its New Chairman
The nomination for the next ICC independent chairman may also be discussed in the meeting to be held on Monday, as Shashank Manohar resigned earlier this month. It has been learned that it has not been agreed on what will be the eligibility for selection if more than one person applies for candidature.
Colin Graves of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is considered the top contender, while BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s name is also being discussed. However, when Ganguly was asked about the ICC post during a recent interview, the former 48-year-old player said that he was young and not in a hurry for the post. New Zealand’s Gregor Barclay and Hong Kong’s Imran Khwaja are also considered potential contenders. Khwaja is currently the interim chairman.