The Board of Control for Cricket in India, during its Special General Meeting on Saturday, decided to seek more time from the International Cricket Council to stage the T20 World Cup in India.
The BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement: “BCCI SGM further authorised the office bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of T20 World Cup.”
When the ICC Board meets virtually on June 1 – which will be attended by BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly – the Indian board will ask the world body for at least a month’s time before taking a call on shifting the tournament.
In the virtual SGM, the BCCI president Ganguly told the members that the Board had made progress with regards to getting tax exemptions from the government for the ICC event.
The BCCI had shortlisted nine venues for the T20 World Cup. Due to the COVID-19 situation in India, it is considering hosting the tournament in the Mumbai-Pune-Ahmedabad zone to reduce travel. Mumbai has three international stadiums. Pune’s MCA Stadium has been used for international games, while the Narendra Modi Stadium could host the final leg. “It involves a lot of factors, but we have to have a plan. Ultimately, the ICC has to take a call,” a Board official said.
However, with Pakistan featuring in the tournament, the itinerary needs to be planned keeping the security factors in mind, the Board sources indicated. In the Apex Council meeting in April, the BCCI had deliberated that Pakistan’s games could be held in Delhi, but if the current plan of hosting matches in the Mumbai-Pune circuit works out, the ICC and the Indian cricket board will have plenty to ponder.