ICC continues to clash with BCCI

The clash between cricket’s world governing body, International Cricket Council (ICC) and financial powerhouse, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) continues as the former is open to talks with other member countries on its proposed new events for the 2023-31 period, amid opposition from BCCI.

As per a proposal tabled in 2019, the ICC recommended staging a Twenty20 Champions Cup in 2024 and 2028, as well as ODI versions in 2025 and 2029 in addition to the existing World Cups in both formats.

While the ICC is interested in the proposal as such tournaments could boost its finances by having at least one global event each year, the BCCI is not okay with it. England and Australia are also likely to join India in opposing the new ICC tournaments.

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The reason behind the opposition of the ‘Big Three’ is that such global tournaments every year would cut into the windows of opportunity for the them to hold lucrative bilateral series.

“We’re looking forward to productive meetings. Every Board meeting provides ample opportunity for members for discussion, debate and ultimately decisions,” informed ICC sources.

“ICC staff will execute the decisions taken by the Board … They (members) can have further debate and change it. It has to be a collaborative process,” they added.

Earlier the ICC had turned down the BCCI’s request to reschedule its board meeting that was supposed to be held between March 27 to March 29 in Dubai.

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