MUMBAI: When "enemy No.1" (read Pakistan Cricket Board) articulates what you (read BCCI) want to here, then it can be taken as good as a given that its chances have increased exponentially.
Talking about this year's T20 World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by Australia in October, PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in an interview to Youtube Cricket Baaz Channel that it was unlikely the event could be held in Australia this year.
No T20 World Cup means the odds of the Indian Premier League slotting into the vacant window created by its absence go up manifold. Just what the doctor ordered as far as the BCCI is concerned.
“The big question now is when the World T20 is held in 2021, will it be hosted by Australia or India as India has the hosting rights for the already scheduled World T20 Cup in 2021,” Khan noted.
While India are ready to host the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2023 50 over World Cup, the PCB has asked the ICC to get written assurances from the BCCI that its team won't face any problems.
“We are also looking at the fact that the ICC World Cups are to be hosted in India in 2021 and 2023 and we have already asked the ICC to give us written assurances from BCCI that we will not face any problems getting visas and clearance to play in India,” Khan said.
Khan also said that the ICC members felt the World T20 should be held in the October-November period in 2021 or 2022. “The way things are, the gap available in 2022 will be used to accommodate the 2020 World T20 if it is not held this year.”
According to a senior official, the PCB has asked ICC to tell the BCCI to get the assurances from their government.
The official also confirmed that the ICC executive board would decide in its next meet whether the next World T20 Cup would be hosted by Australia or India.