Conflict over ICC and BCCI on tax issues
There has been no cricket on the field for a long time. Not only that, many tournaments have been stopped due to the deadly coronavirus. Concerns have also been raised about hosting T20 World Cup in Australia.
However, most of the cricketing nations have started rushing to return to cricket. Changes have also been made to different rules for coronavirus. Such a situation has created trouble between the world cricket governing body and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The problem is with the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021 and the ODI World Cup in 2023. Both these tournaments are scheduled to be held on Indian soil. The International Cricket Council (ICC) seeks assurances from the Indian board regarding the tax exemption.
The ICC has signed an agreement with member countries in 2015 to host the World Cup only if the tariffs on ticketing and all matters related to the tournament are waived. However, an influential member of the ICC indicated that the BCCI and the ICC were looking for a friendly solution.
The ICC had given the BCCI until December 2019 to guarantee tax exemptions for two international events. Suddenly, in the midst of the lockdown, the ICC has started anew to fulfill its promise to the BCCI. The ICC has sent a letter to the BCCI in this regard. The Indian Cricket Board did not like it at all.
Or the BCCI is smelling politics in this matter. The process of electing a new ICC chairman has begun, he said. A BCCI official said, “The BCCI cannot determine the context of tax exemption. The Government of India will decide on which subject tax exemption is possible. No decision can be reached until the lockdown.”