The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially informed that the 2021 T20 World Cup will be organized in UAE. The fear of the third wave of Covid-19 is a major reason behind the same. However, getting the tax exemptions was also one of the major concerns for the BCCI, which finally led the T20 WC to get shifted to the UAE.
A state official, who had attended the BCCI special general meeting on 29th May, had an interaction with ANI, during which he revealed that the BCCI president had informed all the members that talks were on getting tax exemption from the government to host the tournament in India.
“Ganguly had informed the BCCI members that if the Indian board failed to get tax exemption, it would not be hosting the tournament in India,” the official said. The official further said the members aren’t too surprised as the BCCI doesn’t get any preferential treatment from the government even if the general perception is on those lines.
“Ganguly informing the ICC that the BCCI would not be hosting the T20 World Cup in India was expected by the members even at the time of the SGM because the general feeling was that BCCI might not succeed in obtaining tax exemptions. To be honest, the government does not give any preferential treatment to the BCCI over the other sports federations and therefore it was always going to be difficult to get a tax exemption that had earlier been obtained for a previous World Cup tournament,” the official explained.
The T20 WC will now be organised in UAE from 17th October to 14th November. The IPL final will be played on 15th October, following which all the players will join their respective teams to play in the perennial tournament.