India Doubtful About Hosting Champions Trophy 2021

Though the ICC Champions tournament was scheduled to be conducted in India in 2021 earlier, the ICC is thinking of alternate venues now because the Government of India is not able to provide tax exemptions for the tournament conducted by an International cricket body.

champions trophyThe ICC made a statement about this saying, “In other matters, 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.”

Earlier, the BCCI announced that India is going to host the upcoming Champions trophy in 2021, along with the ICC World Cup 2023 for the entire season in a special general meeting or SGM in December 2017. The 17th edition of Champions trophy was hosted by England and the team led by Kohli headed towards final in the tournament.

ICC made a statement that the council is searching for other host countries to host the tournament which is similar to the Indian time zones and talks about conducting the trophy with the Indian government are going on. The BCCI is on the side of proposals of tax exemptions for conducting the tournament but the measures are still in slow progress.

The ICC declared that they are thinking of extending the funds to Afganistan and Ireland, which are awarded the test status last year.

If the prestigious tournament like the Champions trophy moves out of India, the effects will be adverse on the financial stature of the BCCI. This may affect the international relations of the BCCI in the council.  Let us wait if the government of India steps back o its decisions about tax exemption.

Hosting two major cricketing events within two years will create hype for the BCCI in the international grounds.  As the ICC Champions Trophy is one of the greatest awaited cricket tournaments. Losing out the opportunity of hosting it will be a big blow for BCCI for sure.  This may affect India’s chances of hosting the 2023 world cup as well and will be a black mark on the power of ICICI in the international cricket community.