“Two new teams will be introduced in IPL 2022,” a board source told PTI.
It is known that the time available is too short even for an IPL with nine teams in the next year, as an elaborate tendering process, increasing the number of games and ensuring that the international calendars of all foreign players are adjusted is a Herculean task would prove.
T20 Cricket at Olympic Games
In another important development, the board decided in principle to support the ICC’s offer to include cricket in T20 format in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics “after the International Olympic Committee received some clarifications”.
“Look, the BCCI is an autonomous body and wants to maintain its autonomy. Our legal team are looking to clarify some things. Cricket at the Olympics is of course great for the game. Let’s hope we can move in the right direction.” “The member who attended the general meeting said.
However, the board has not disclosed the nature of its questions on this matter.
BCCI is likely to lose $ 123 million in ICC revenue in the absence of a tax exemption
The BCCI has decided that if it does not receive a full tax exemption from the Indian government for hosting the World T20 next year, as sought by the ICC, it would consent to the global corporation withdrawing its annual revenue of USD 390 million.
“We have told the ICC that we will be reaching out to our government for a tax break, but if we do not get that exemption, around $ 123 million will be deducted from our annual income, leaving us around $ 267 But India is hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup, “the source said.
Compensation for local players
It was also decided that all top-notch players, both men and women, would be adequately compensated for the shortened season domestically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BCCI plans to kick off the domestic season with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship in January after a few months delay.
When asked about the amount of money earmarked for this, the board’s source said, “The BCCI will give the government units a lump sum of compensation. Now they will make their own list and compensate their male and female players accordingly.”
Junior and women cricket during the IPL
The BCCI has decided that women’s (senior and junior) and age group tournaments (U-23, U-19, U-16) will be held simultaneously at the time of IPL-14, which in all likelihood will be the case in India despite the pandemic-related Concerns instead.
“We will have at least one age group tournament in each category and also the women’s tournament during the IPL.”
Shukla becomes the new Vice President
In other decisions, the experienced Congress leader Rajiv Shukla was officially appointed Vice-President of the Board of Directors in place of his protégé Mahim Verma from Uttarakhand.
Brijesh Patel will continue to chair the IPL Governing Council.
Ganguly-Shah is said to be India’s face at the ICC
It was also learned that the general body had chosen the President of the BCCI Sourav Ganguly Continued as director on the ICC board. Secretary Jay Shah will serve as the deputy director as well as India’s representative at the meetings of the chief executive committee of the global body.
Women test games
The House was debating whether there should be test matches for women, and there could be a series of two tests next year, but one final appeal on this point is being taken by the BCCI Apex Council.
GM (Game Development) sacked
The BCCI dismissed GM (Game Development) KVP Rao, who was asked to resign.
While Rao described leaving the BCCI as his “happiest day” in a sarcastic letter to government units, it is learned that his lack of an adequate plan of action amid the COVID-19 pandemic was generally one of the main reasons behind his fall.
Rao, a former Bihar captain, has worked for BCCI for a long time and was the chief of cricket operations in domestic cricket.
The retirement age of referees and goalscorers rose to 60 years
The BCCI-affiliated goal scorers and referees will now retire at 60 instead of 55 after the Board of Directors has ratified the change.
“We believe that like any other profession, both referees and scorers are physically fit enough to continue until the age of 60,” the source said.
No discussion of Ganguly’s alleged conflict of interest
There was no discussion about Sourav Ganguly supporting the fantasy gaming app My11 Circle, which is a direct competitor to Dream11 – the IPL title sponsor.
“Not a single question was asked and, unlike a particular media report, this was never a topic of discussion.
“Ganguly is legally clear and as far as asking questions, the BCCI never questioned the former N Srinivasan after his son-in-law was arrested in 2013 for alleged spot fixing. That was much more serious,” a state unit member said.