The pending matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was suspended earlier this month due to the Kovid-19 second wave, will now be played in the United Arab Emirates from the third week of September. If foreign players opt for international commitments in the re-scheduled IPL, domestic cricketers will be auctioned off to replace the slots.
The decisions were taken at a special general meeting (SGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday. At an online meet, a spokesman for the members’ association asked about the BCCI’s proposed compensation for domestic cricketers facing revenue losses due to the pandemic-time cancellation of Ranji Trophy games. Responding to the suggestion, the office bearers said that since this issue was not on the agenda, it would be taken up at a later date.
Following the meeting, the BCCI said in a press release: “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced that it will complete the remaining matches of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) considering the monsoon season. The season in India will be in September-October this year. “
The latest dates are for international matches involving key IPL key cricketers. The England-India Test series ends on September 14. England will tour Bangladesh and Pakistan after the India series and Giles is unlikely to allow his cricketers to choose the T20 league beyond international commitments, as suggested by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), managing director of England men’s cricket. This could seriously affect franchises like the England Stars, Ben Stokes, Jose Butler and Jofra Archer, who are key members of their squad, like the Rajasthan Royals.
Members agreed to keep the UAE as a backup venue for the T20 World Cup later this year, but the BCCI requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to wait at least a month.
The SGM also discussed the BCCI’s tax liability during the T20 World Cup in India. The tax liability is Rs. Insiders said BCCI secretary Jay Shah had told members that it could cross Rs 900 crore.
Accordingly, the Board has decided to adhere to the World Cup management in India, even with a small amount of profit, if the Kovid situation allows. In case of non-profit, shifting the tournament to UAE is accepted as a good option.
“As the Kovid curve in India has eased, we are still hopeful of hosting the T20 World Cup in the country in October-November. We request the ICC to wait until the first week of July,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.
The ICC seeks tax exemptions for the T20 World Cup, or money paid by a global body is deducted from its share of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s revenue. The ICC has previously sought to recover the tax burden of the 2016 World T20 in India and has threatened to deduct a portion of the BCCI’s annual revenue if there is no exemption. The IPL was postponed when Kovid entered the bubble after 29 games. With India hovering in the second wave of the epidemic, it is questionable whether the country will host the T20 World Cup, but as the BCCI official said, members are optimistic. The BCCI will inform the ICC of its decision before the board meeting on June 1.