India Might not Host 2023 World Cup

ICC sent letter to BCCI and others

The International Cricket Council might remove the Board of Control for Cricket in India's hosting rights for the 2023 World Cup.

ICC’s chief executive officer Manu Sawhney addressed a letter to the BCCI and other full member nations this week, requesting compliance with the hosting model for all major tournaments.

Sawhney has reportedly insisted the BCCI and others' failure to comply with tax exemption rules, in particular, will likely result in a suspension from hosting any ICC event over 2023 to 2031's eight-year cycle.

According to Wisden, the BCCI have not yet agreed to pay tax liabilities of approximately INR 150 crore for hosting ICC tournaments in the future. This is effectively jeopardising India hosting the next World Cup.

Reaction from Board of Control for Cricket in India

“What's happening is utter madness. And India still doesn't seem to be in a position to do much about it, because it has to first wait for the Supreme Court's order. Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, has already said that India will lose the 2023 World Cup if it doesn’t get tax exemptions. This is worrying because we all know what happens if things go that way,” a a BCCI official told the Times of India.

India will host the 2021 T20 World Cup. For the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia, they have been pooled with England, Afghanistan, South Africa and two qualifying teams. India have been priced at 4.50 by bet365 to win the 2020 T20 World Cup. The West Indies have won the tournament twice – and are offered at 10.00 for a third title.

India won the inaugural World Twenty20 (since renamed the T20 World Cup) in South Africa in 2007. They beat Pakistan in that final.

Several of India's stars will be involved in the Indian Premier League prior to the T20 World Cup. Captain Virat Kohli will continue to represent the Royal Challengers Bangalore, while opening batsman Rohit Sharma will captain the Mumbai Indians. Sharma is currently sidelined by injury, but is expected to return to full fitness for the 2020 IPL. Mumbai are the reigning IPL champions, having beaten the Chennai Super Kings in 2019's final. Mumbai have won the IPL four times – the most by any franchise.

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