28 Feb

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed its reservations about the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) policy of inviting bidders for hosting global tournaments during the next eight-year cycle between 2023-2031. 

During an ICC board meet on 25th February, the BCCI made it clear that they are completely against the idea of the global body issuing Expression of Interest (EOI) and demanding money from any potential hosting nation. 

“The BCCI brass has made their displeasure clear about this EOI concept for the next cycle during yesterday’s board meet,” a senior BCCI official privy to the development told the website InsideSport. “In fact, we are confident of getting good support from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA).” 

The EOI concept is favoured by ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney who also has the support of boards like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “Even some of the smaller boards like Oman and Emirates Cricket board along with Malaysia and Singapore are among those who have submitted combined EOI for hosting global meets,” the source said. 

It is believed that there has been around 93 EOI for 28 flagship events (men, women and U19) during the 2023-31 cycle, but this push to demand money for awarding hosting rights has met opposition from BCCI the world’s richest board which is against such a policy on principal. 

It is also thought that some of the influential boards are not ready with ICC’s plan to have one flagship event in each of the eight years during the next cycle.   

John Stephenson 


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