Saturday, 28 January 2023

From next FTP BCCI to approach ICC on hosting next three events

The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI- Board of Control for Cricket in India) will not bid but will seek to host three events in the next cycle of the Futures Tours Programme (FTP) of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The decision has taken at an Apex Council meeting of the BCCI on Sunday (June 20). It will discuss this with the ICC regarding Dubai.

BCCI's decision has predominantly has based on two factors. Fundamentally, the board is opposed to the newly introduced bidding system, which its officials had previously opposed at the discussion stage. Secondly, the BCCI thinks holding an ICC event is as much in the cricket world's interest as India's.

It expects the ICC to allot a Champions Trophy, a Twenty20 World Cup, and an ODI World Cup from the 2024-31 cycle.

The BCCI is also sensitive to the fact that it cannot guarantee tax exemption, which is a pre-condition for hosting any ICC tournament in India. The Twenty20 World Cup, which will be hosted this year by BCCI, has not yet been permitted tax exemption by the Government of India, and there is a question mark over the exemption for the World Cup here in 2023.

 The BCCI officials have decided that they will discuss with the ICC top brass when they visit Dubai. Many of the members believe that with most of the ICC commercial and their stakeholders are from India, it is essential for the world body to host the global event in India. Since the ICC retail partners will see the World Cup matches are held here in the Indian time zone.

At a recent meeting, the ICC approved eight global events in the next cycle of 2024-31, including two World Cups (2027, 2031), four Twenty20 World Cups (2024, 2026, 2028, and 2030), and two Champions Trophies (2025 and 2029).

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The ICC talked of a bidding process in a recent statement saying, "The ICC Board permitted the method for preparing the hosts for all Men's, Women's and U19 events in the next cycle. The hosts for the Men's competitions will decide in September following a selection process that will get underway this month.

" Asked for clarification, the ICC officials and some directors confirmed to this website that one of the determining factors would be financial bids.

Cricbuzz has also learned that the members were apprised of a discrepancy in the hosting fee for the boards. The price sanctioned to the BCCI for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in October-November and to the Cricket Australia (CA), which will host the next edition of the tournament in 2022, is not the same. The ICC, however, has insisted that the hosting fee for the two boards is identical.

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