BCCI and CA set for showdown talks to discuss potential T20 World Cup swap

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The heads of BCCI and Cricket Australia will soon connect virtually to discuss the hosting of two T20 World Cups in the next two years during their board meets on Friday. The decision will also be affected on the next ICC chairman, the nomination process, however, is yet to be announced officially. However, it is expected that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah along with CA’s Earl Eddings and Nick Hockley will take a call on the hosting of 2021 and 2022 editions.

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“The the main agenda of the meeting is scheduling of ICC tournaments including the women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand early next year. It is expected that some decisions will be taken,” an ICC Board member said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.

The Men’s ICC T20 World Cup which was earlier scheduled to take place in Australia from October 18 this year was postponed owing to the global pandemic COVID-19 outbreak. With this, the cash-rich tournament Indian Premier League gets the window and the league will be played from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

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While it is expected that Cricket Australia would love to host the T20 World Cup in October 2021 as they had started their preparations but on the other hand, BCCI also wouldn’t want to forego their right to host the tournament in 2021.

“The BCCI was originally scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and they would like to go ahead. Another reason being, hosting a T20 World Cup in 2022 and then a 50 over global event within a gap of just one year. It would be an overkill,” another ICC board member revealed.

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“The ICC website states that those who have booked match tickets for Australia World T20 event should wait till further announcement. The reason being CA wants to host the event next year,” he said.

However, it is also expected that the eight-team Women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand in February-March 2021 will take place according to the schedule.

“Yes, the qualification tournament is yet to be finished and since every country’s Covid situation is different, that is one headache that the ICC has. Going by health safety issues, New Zealand is one of the best performing nations globally,” he said.

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