World cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) claimed that they are looking for promising alternative hosts for the 2021 ICC Champions Trophy which is scheduled to be hosted by India.
The main reason behind organizing the meeting of its Board on Friday is that ICC did not get any tax exemptions from the Indian government and it is a common practice for major sporting events to receive tax exemptions from the host government. And ICC are now looking for alternative countries with similar time zone as well as seeking a compromise with the Indian government.
"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," it was stated in an ICC release.
"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."
Meanwhile, it had been announced that Ireland and Afghanistan, who were approved Full Member status in June 2017, will receive increased fund allocations.
"The new model will see Ireland and Afghanistan each receiving a percentage of the projected surplus, amounting under current projections to approximately $40m each over the course of the current eight year commercial rights cycle," ICC stated.
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