Even because the International Cricket Council (ICC) waits to see if the yr-ending T20 World Cup may be staged as per schedule, there was some progress in efforts to search out bidders to host ICC occasions for the proposed 2023-31 rights cycle.
In response to the ‘expression of interest’ communication despatched out to all members’ boards, together with the affiliate nations, the ICC has acquired 93 offers for 28 occasions to be staged within the eight years, from 15 member boards. Sources within the know confirmed that India, England and Australia have responded as nicely. “Three member boards did not get into specifics of any event. A total of 18 boards responded,” the supply mentioned.
The proposed rights are contentious because the ICC plans to schedule one world occasion yearly from 2023 to 2031. At the center of the dispute is the introduction of two further world occasions–a 10-nation T20 Champions Cup in 2024 and 2028. This scheduling would eat into any bilateral cricket that larger boards just like the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might need to plan, for which it presently holds media rights amounting to R 60 crore per match.
Neither the BCCI nor the ICC wished to talk on the difficulty. It’s understood the BCCI’s response is just to remain in competition when discussions on the rights come up in future conferences. When expression of curiosity was first sought by the ICC final yr, the BCCI was reserved in its response. “Increasing ICC events will have wide-ranging repercussions on bilateral cricket and therefore all aspects need to be discussed and analysed threadbare,” wrote the BCCI.
Apart from the eight fundamental males’s occasions, ICC can be looking for bidders for the identical variety of girls’s occasions, the World Test Championship finals each alternate yr in addition to U-19 World Cups to be staged each two years. Considering the present standoff between the highest boards and the ICC over income sharing, Future Tours Programme (FTP) and losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic which are but to be ascertained, the ICC elections this July turn out to be essential.