Dubai, July 19
On maintain for the previous two months, the destiny of this yr’s T20 World Cup will probably be up for a decisive spherical of deliberation when the ICC board meets just about on Monday, with the BCCI hoping for a postponement to make sure that the IPL can go forward.
The world occasion is meant to be held from October 18 to November 15 in Australia however the nation’s cricket board had, in May itself, expressed its incapacity to host amid a second surge of COVID-19 instances within the state of Victoria.
With India’s case load additionally exceeding the 10-lakh mark, together with greater than 26,000 deaths, the IPL, whether it is held, is prone to transfer to the UAE as soon as the Central Government offers its go-ahead.
“The first step was postponement of the Asia Cup, which has happened. We can only start to move ahead with our plans after the ICC announces the postponement. They have been sitting on the decision even after Cricket Australia said that they are not too keen on hosting the event,” a BCCI Apex Council member advised PTI on situations of anonymity.
This yr’s T20 World Cup will seemingly be held in Australia in 2022 as India doesn’t need to swap its 2021 internet hosting rights with Cricket Australia as of now.
That Australia gained’t be internet hosting the mega occasion was clear after the cricket board advised its gamers to organize for a white-ball collection towards England scheduled for late September.
CA has even introduced a 26-strong preliminary squad for that tour.
The ICC, on its half, has maintained that it needs to discover all doable “contingency” choices earlier than taking a name of such immense magnitude. And it isn’t uncommon for the governing physique to attend this lengthy.
“Pakistan was supposed to host the Champions Trophy in 2009. After the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus, everyone in their proper senses knew that PCB will never host a big event in distant future,” mentioned a supply accustomed to the functioning of the ICC.
“Yet, ICC deputed its workers in Pakistan for months when South Africa was already getting ready to host the occasion. Everyone knew however a proper announcement of shift took months as risk evaluation was a part of protocol.
“The ICC couldn’t have just postponed the T20 World Cup immediately as initially, the top ministers of the Australian government expressed keenness to host,” he added.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has additionally resigned itself to this consequence after vehemently opposing the Indian board.
The postponement of Asia Cup, which was alleged to be hosted by the PCB, to 2021 was a giant blow to Ehsan Mani and his group.
“We have had a lot of discussions and the feeling is it (T20 World Cup) would not be possible this year. ICC has World Cups lined up in 2021 and 2023 so we have a gap year where we can adjust this event,” Mani had not too long ago mentioned whereas speaking to reporters in his nation.
It has been learnt that the PCB is contacting different boards within the hope of finalising some bilateral engagements because the nationwide group has nothing lined up after its England tour.
Nomination course of for Chairman’s election
The different challenge that’s prone to come up for dialogue in Monday’s assembly is the nomination course of for the following unbiased chairman of the ICC after Shashank Manohar’s resignation earlier this month.
It is learnt that there isn’t any consensus on what must be the standards in case a number of candidates be part of the fray.
“The board is not united on whether the usual 2/3rd majority to decide will be used (as its in case of policy decision) or the case of simple majority among the 17 board members,” an ICC Board member mentioned.
England and Wales Cricket Board’s Colin Graves was thought-about the highest contender, with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s identify additionally being floated.
Ganguly’s candidature will definitely rely on whether or not the Supreme Court waives off the cooling off interval and permits him to proceed as BCCI president past July 27 when he completes six years as an office-bearer within the Indian Board’s state and nationwide items.
When requested about the opportunity of taking over the ICC job in a latest interview, the 48-year-old mentioned he’s younger and in no hurry for the place.
New Zealand’s Gregor Barclay, Hong Kong’s Imran Khawaja, who’s presently the interim chairman, are additionally being talked about as potential candidates. PTI