PESHAWAR: The International Cricket Committee (ICC) says the T20 World Cup will be held on schedule and there is no plan to postpone it.
The announcement by the global cricket body has come amid growing speculations that the mega event, scheduled to be held in Australia in October 2020, has been postponed till 2022. Responding to the speculations, the ICC spokesperson said the world’s cricket governing body has not taken a final decision in this regard so far and the event will be held in Australia as per plan.
“ICC has not taken a decision to postpone the T20 World Cup and preparations are ongoing for the event in Australia this year, as per plan. The topic is on the agenda for ICC Board meeting and a decision will be made in due course,” the spokesperson said.
Media reports on Wednesday said the postponement of T20 World Cup in Australia would open up a window for the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in October and a final decision would be taken during the ICC’s board meeting.
A final decision on postponement or otherwise of World T20 is likely to be taken during today’s (Thursday) board meeting.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already postponed IPL 2020 for an indefinite period due to the fears of spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, media reports said the ICC has threatened to shift the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India in 2022 to some other venue if the issue of tax exemption was not resolved.
Reports said the Indian government is not allowing a tax exemption to the BCCI for the mega event and this issue has become a bone of contention between the BCCI and ICC. The tax issue is lingering between the two powerful cricketing bodies since long and a similar matter between the two is also pending with the ICC dispute resolution council. Both have made a lot of communication over the issue recently, but failed to find a solution. Now the ICC has threatened that the BCCI may ultimately lose the hosting rights if the issue remained unresolved.