ICC could strip India of Champions Trophy in tax row
The next edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, cricket’s second most-important one-day international competition, could be moved from India in a dispute over tax.
The sport’s leading market is due to host the eight-team tournament in 2021, but the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have yet to convince the Indian government to apply a tax exemption.
Such exemptions have been in place for other ICC events.
In a statement following a board meeting today, the ICC said: “The Board expressed their concern around the absence of a tax exemption from the Indian Government for ICC events held in India despite ongoing efforts from both the ICC and BCCI to secure the exemption which is standard practice for major sporting events around the world.
“The Board agreed that ICC management, supported by the BCCI will continue the dialogue with the Indian Government but in the meantime directed ICC management to explore alternative host countries in a similar time zone for the ICC Champions Trophy 2021.”
The quadrennial ICC Champions Trophy trails only the Cricket World Cup in terms of prestige on the one-day international scene.
The 2017 event was held in England, and India reached the final, before losing to rivals Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the ICC has announced that Afghanistan and Ireland, which were recently granted full-member status, giving them the right to play test cricket, will receive increased funding allocations.
The cricket boards of the two countries will receive a percentage of the international governing body’s surplus, amounting under current projections to about $40 million over the eight-year commercial rights cycle to 2023.