The governing body of international cricket has told the BCCI to get tax exemptions for conducting global events like the T20 World Cup in 2021 and fifty over World Cup in 2023. If BCCI fails to convince the government, they will have to pay the amount for hosting the events as ICC is not ready to bear the expenses.

The order issued by the ICC has not gone down well with some BCCI officials. Speaking to IANS, a senior official said that the ICC is free to take the global events out of the country as pressurizing Indian Cricket Board for exemptions would not help.

“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.

“If they want to take the ICC tournament out of India, it’s fine. Let BCCI then take the revenue out of the ICC and see who loses more.

“Those in-charge of administration are trying to take policy decisions without jurisdiction to do so. The ICC will find it difficult to hold the BCCI to those decisions since a lot of these decisions do not have the approval of the board,” the official said.

Another official lambasted the ICC for working in an autocratic way.

“It was found earlier that the ICC had a different contract with different member boards. For example, Cricket Australia was only required to make best endeavours to get tax exemption while the BCCI was required to ensure tax exemption.

“See, this is a result of a situation where the present BCCI is found wanting. The CoA bigwig wants to show that he is in control of things and whenever that happens, the democratic functioning of an organisation is the first casualty.

“There is no way that the BCCI should agree to this. The ICC cannot on the one hand say that they aim to have an inclusive approach and on the other hand look at every possible opportunity to hurt India’s interest,” the official signed off.

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