The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be holding the BCCI Apex Council meeting on Sunday. The key points of discussions at the meeting will be the decision on domestic games of 2020-21 season as well as the tax issues faced by the board and methods to sort it out before 2021 T20 World Cup, as the country prepares to host the tournament.
Besides the aforementioned highlights of the meeting, discussions will also be held on important matters including the NCA project; hiring of personnel for NCA, Bengaluru and BCCI headquarters at Mumbai during the BCCI Apex Council meeting. ICC’s 2023-2031 cycle, and update on Bihar Cricket Association along with other business matters that need to be attended will also be discussed.
Regarding the tax issue, it was agreed during the BCCI Annual General Meeting that the BCCI secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Dhumal will approach the government and talk to them to find out a solution to the issues.
A member who attended the BCCI Annual General Meeting on December 24 said, “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.”
He further stated the importance of bilateral series and said, “I see bilateral cricket and world events as being very complimentary and needs each other. Bilateral cricket is the lifeline of cricket. Each country has to have both the ability and the obligation to play bilateral cricket. Countries will only get better and continue to be competitive if they get the opportunity to play against other countries, lesser countries to play against better countries. Better countries have the obligation to help those who perhaps don’t have the experience or exposure.
“The reason I think why bilateral cricket is fundamentally important to individual countries is because you got fan engagements, domestic pathways, aspirational arrangement around cricketers as well as high-performance programmes and your elite cricketers being able to play at the top stage. So it is a vital part of the fabric of any cricketing country.
“The ICC events are without a doubt a showcase of cricket and I think ICC runs very good at events and all countries do get an opportunity to enter the events. From the ICC’s point of view as well as showcasing events, they obviously generate a reasonable amount of most country’s income. So, there is a careful complementary balancing act that is needed. I am a fan of ensuring ICC events continue to be world-class as they are and maintaining the abilities of all countries to continue to play bilateral cricket,” the concluded.