MUMBAI: When election fever grips the world cricket right in the middle of a terrible pandemic, making the game’s political environment look worse than it already is, International Cricket Board
(ICC) and BCCI
– not a best colleague – has been involved in an unpleasant e-mail exchange involving 2021 T20 World Cup
and 2023 50-over World Cup will be held in India.
ICC general counsel and corporate secretary Jonathan Hall has written a letter to his colleagues at BCCI asking BCCI to “provide evidence” of the efforts that India has made “to date” to obtain tax solutions for these events.
That Indian cricket board has been trying to get the central government to take this issue for some time now. Over the past few months, due to national lockups and union governments busy with problems greater than extreme urgency, concerned authorities have found little time to concentrate on anything else, leaving cricket alone.
However, the ICC seems to be least disturbed by what is facing society at large today.
“In view of BCCI’s notification of force majeure, we will highlight the BCCI obligations set out in article 20.1 (a) of the Host Agreement and that the IBC (ICC Business Corporation) has the right to terminate the agreement with direct effects at any time from 18 May 2020 according to clauses 20.2, “Hall wrote to BCCI on behalf of the ICC.
IBC is the commercial branch of the parent body. What the paragraphs above mean is that BCCI told the ICC about ‘force majeure’ because the Covid crisis was in the hands of, as a matter of formality, the steps they had taken with the Indian Star broadcaster also where IPL concerned.
“In turn, the ICC now says that given the host agreement (for events 2021 and 2023), the IBC has the right to terminate the agreement, meaning what they say is that they will take events 2021 and 2023 from India if BCCI and the Indian government do not respond the issue of tax exemption through the process recommended by them (ICC) and the deadline is over. What is basically done by the ICC is against the Indian government, “said those who know.
BCCI, for the record, has withheld US $ 23 million for the 2016 event in India – a matter that has already been taken by law. Meanwhile, there are more stories that continue to be bleak.
The ICC has further stated that “BCCI has clearly had many years to manage tax solutions and is very aware of the importance of these solutions to the IBC and to ICC members (…) and the need to provide these solutions no later than 18 months. before the 2021 T20 World Cup “.
If not what? Ask people in India who are tracking developments. “ICC will take the World Cup from India? The 18 month deadline ends in April. But given the pandemic, we see no reason why the time limit cannot be extended within several months, “added the source.
BCCI, for the record, has written back to ICC & Hall that the deadline is extended to 30 June or one month after the lock is lifted, whichever is newer.
Aside from the deadline, there are more stories that are becoming more grim.
BCCI was further annoyed by certain lines in the ICC letter that read: “IBC is not ready to approve the requested extension”.
The Indian Council said it was time to call bluff here. “The IBC consists of directors from the ICC member board. Who are these directors who are not ready to agree to an extension? Are any documents signed? Share with BCCI “.
TOI spoke with three directors from various countries and all refused to speak on tape. However, the three of them unanimously agreed that they had not yet signed the document. “What he tells us is that this is just politics. There are two or three people at the ICC with their personal interests doing this. Their cliffs need to be voiced, “said a source who knows.
Teleconferences related to ICC board meetings began on May 26. After that, BCCI can be expected to take this issue seriously with consequences that must be followed.
For the record, the payment of 55% of Indian Star announcers from the existing rights cycle will come from these two shows in India. That’s a surprising percentage and given the losses inflicted by Star during the 50-over World Cup in England, the only event they fought to generate revenue was from Indian events. “Did anyone ask the publishers what they wanted?” let’s say the development of that tracking.