BCCI Not In Favor Of Transforming Champions Trophy’s Format
By CricShots - Mar 20, 2018 2:10 pm
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The Champions Trophy, popularly known as the mini World Cup, has always been played in 50-over format since its inception which lasts for approximately a couple of weeks. However, the tournament has gone through tough times, as in recent times the cricket boards have faced significant losses due to this tournament. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering to make some improvements to the tournament.

In order to make the tournament furthermore entertaining and commercial, some of the board members have suggested converting the tournament into a twenty-over affair. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has strongly opposed the concept thrown by the ICC, with whom the BCCI has been involved in a rift for quite a while.

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According to the reports of TOI, one of their sources said, “The format cannot and will not change. The Champions Trophy was introduced as part of the vision of our former president Jagmohan Dalmiya and it’ll be his fifth anniversary when the tournament is hosted by India. This (proposed) move has been brought to the notice of the (BCCI) members and should the ICC persist, there’ll be a strong opposition from India.”

India vs Pakistan, CT 2017 final


India is scheduled to host the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. However, the nation might lose out on hosting the two significant tournaments. The Indian government isn’t allowing a tax exclusion to the ICC despite repeated efforts from both the ICC and BCCI in order to get the demand approved.

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In a recent press release, ICC mentioned, “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.”