DUBAI: On maintain for the previous two months, the destiny of this yr’s T20 World Cup can be up for a decisive spherical of deliberation when the International Cricket Council (ICC) board meets just about on Monday with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hoping for a postponement to be sure that the Indian Premier League (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 incapability to host amid a second surge of COVID-19 circumstances within the state of Victoria.
With India’s coronavirus case-load additionally exceeding the 10 lakh mark, the IPL, whether it is held, is probably going to transfer to the UAE as soon as the central authorities provides its go forward.
“The first step was postponement of Asia Cup, which has happened. We can only start to move ahead with our plans after the ICC announces the postponement (of T20 World Cup). 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 instructed PTI on situations of anonymity.
This yr’s T20 World Cup will now seemingly be held in Australia in 2022 as India would not need to swap its internet hosting rights for the 2021 version with Cricket Australia as of now.
That Australia will not be internet hosting the mega occasion was clear after the cricket board instructed its gamers to put together for a white-ball sequence in opposition to 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 desires to discover all potential “contingency” choices earlier than taking a name of such immense magnitude. And it isn’t uncommon for the governing physique to wait 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,” stated a supply accustomed to the functioning of the ICC.
“Yet, ICC deputed its employees in Pakistan for months when South Africa was already preparing to host the event. Everyone knew but a formal announcement of shift took months as threat assessment was part of protocol.
“The ICC could not have simply postponed (the T20 World Cup) instantly, as initially the highest ministers of the Australian authorities expressed keenness to host,” he added.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has also resigned itself to this outcome after vehemently opposing the Indian board.
The postponement of Asia Cup, which was supposed to be hosted by the PCB, to 2021 was a big blow to Ehsan Mani and his team.
“We have had quite a lot of discussions and the sensation is it (T20 World Cup) wouldn’t be potential this yr. ICC has World Cups lined up in 2021 and 2023, so now we have a gap-year (2022) the place we will alter this occasion,” Mani had recently said while talking to reporters in his country.
It has been learnt that PCB is contacting other boards in the hope of finalising some bilateral engagements as the national team has nothing lined up after its England tour.
Nomination process for ICC chairman’s election
The other issue that is likely to come up for discussion in Monday’s meeting is the nomination process for the next independent chairman of the ICC after Shashank Manohar’s resignation earlier this month.
It is learnt that there is no consensus on what should be the criteria in case multiple candidates join the fray.
“The board just isn’t united on whether or not the same old 2/third majority to determine can be used (as its in case of coverage resolution) or the case of easy majority among the many 17 board members,” an ICC Board member stated.
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 models.
When requested about the potential of taking on the ICC job in a current interview, the 48-year-old stated he’s younger and and in no hurry for the place.
New Zealand’s Gregor Barclay and Hong Kong’s Imran Khawaja, who’s presently the interim chairman, are additionally being talked about as potential candidates.