The International Cricket Council (ICC), announced the rescheduling of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament. The 2021 Champions Trophy scheduled back in India would be converted into a World T20 event, as decided by the International Cricket Council on 26th April 2018. The eighth tournament is likely to take place around October- November 2021, to be hosted by India.
The permission was granted by ICC in January 2019 about the international status to Twenty20 and would replace the 2021 ICC Champions Trophy. The pre-decided tournament to be held in India has been changed into a 16 team event in the shortest format, as decided by ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson.
The members of ICC planned to sign off a new Future Tours Programme which would introduce a World Test Championship and ICC World T20 in its addition with will open up opportunities for 16 potential teams to compete at the international level. It will not only be an international competition but also a fight between sub-regional, regional, and global qualification going to take place every two years resulting in more consistency of cricket being enjoyed by its fans.
Through a teleconference on Thursday, the Council is yet to decide about the conduct of the tournament. There would be 12 teams directly qualifying for the 2021 Tournament which reached the Super 12 phase of the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. From the two Global Qualifiers, there would be a total of sixteen teams added which would include the bottom four teams from the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the other four would be the highest-ranked T20 side i.e. Zimbabwe, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, and Honk Kong and the rest eight would be teams from the Regional Finals.
There would be two editions going to take place in two years- the first edition in 2020 to be held in Australia and the second edition to be held in 2021 in India. There was a similar situation in 2009 and 2010 between England and the West Indies.
There was the agreement of the decision between ICC Representative and BCCI Representative regarding the tournament. There was a contradiction regarding the similarity between the Champions Trophy and the World Cup. The Chief Executive, claiming the situation to be “Little bit unfortunate” about the similarity of 50 Over World Cup and Champions Trophy.
Adding more to it, Richardson also mentioned integrating 50 Over World Cup and Champions would have a full-fledged schedule and there is not proper option left with the council.
Also, the ICC Board is planning to exempt tax for the 2021 T20 World Cup in the wave of the pandemic. There has been a contradiction between the ICC board and the BCCI board regarding the tax waiver. The contradiction is regarding the issue of tax exemption for the World T20 2016 has not been processed and there are doubts regarding the same for the rule change tax exemption in 2021.
The tax exemption is basically about the import duty of broadcast equipment. There have been questions raised regarding the need for the exemption, deduction of tax waiver amount from revenue share of India which is yet to be decided after the appointment of the new chairman.