The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) organized the BCCI Apex Council Meeting on Sunday as decided. The authorities have finalized the New Zealand tour of India as an outcome of the meeting.
The tour has been planned as part of their preparations for the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup. India is slated to host the seventh ICC 2021 T20 World Cup during October and November this year.
A call on the domestic season, however, is yet to be taken and the final decision will be announced soon. The BCCI is in two minds about the domestic season as they are still discussing whether to host the Ranji Trophy or the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“We are yet to take a final call on the domestic season and we have to see if we will have the Ranji Trophy or the 50-over format. The state associations did show keen interest to have the Vijay Hazare, so a call will be taken soon. The bubble system shall remain the same as is being used in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy,” a source present at the meeting said while speaking to ANI.
“The venues and detailing will be done in some time. But the idea is to play maximum T20 games with an eye on the T20 World Cup. It will help the boys prepare,” the source said about the preparations for the New Zealand tour.
“We are set to host the 2021 T20 World Cup as well as the 50-over World Cup in 2023. We need to speak to the government to see if we can get tax exemption and for this, we have decided that our secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Dhumal will speak to the government.
“If the government does not agree, we will then decide on how to go about it. We also have the 2016 World T20 matter pending, so that will also have to be worked out,” the source stated.
Apart from the 2021 T20 tournament, discussions on the appointment of personnel for the NCA was also carried out. Additionally, the BCCI also discussed the ICC cycle 2023-31 in the BCCI Apex Council Meeting. Since the BCCI is also planning to go ahead with a 10-team competition in the Indian Premier League, the board is also looking for prospective for a bigger window for the tournament.