The International Cricket Council (ICC) in the recently concluded meeting in Dubai told the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) that if India wants to host ICC Cricket ODI World Cup in 2023 and ICC cricket T20 world cup in 2021, they need to get tax exemption from the Indian government.
But if BCCI fails to get tax exemption, then it will alone bear the burden of around 21 million (Rs 150 crore). ICC usually gets tax exemption in member countries while conducting tournaments, but they didn’t get any tax exemption during ICC T20 World Cup in 2016.
“Mr Manohar has categorically said that tax exemption is something BCCI needs to figure out,” a BCCI official told PTI.
“Since this is about tax laws and it can change with time, the BCCI thinks it’s prudent to wait till the general elections get over and take it from there,” he said.
“We will abide by what the Tax Department and the Ministry decides on this. We would love for the World Cup to take place here, but if the ICC wants to play hard ball, they must be ready for everything,” the senior BCCI official said.
CoA chief Vinod Rai also chimed on this issue, he said: ”Tax laws are complicated. I will only comment on the issue once I am aware of all the details. However, I don’t think it’s an issue that can’t be sorted out.”