BCCI AGM Meeting:
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is holding its 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ahmedabad today. The BCCI AGM has already started at 12 PM today onwards. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to dominate the agenda together with cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics and the ICC T20 World Cup Tax Exemption issue will be the main points during the agenda that may arise in the course of discussion in today's AGM meeting.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah presides over the meet along with the BCCI President Saurav Ganguly and will discuss adding two new teams to the Indian Premier League from 2022, tax exemption for the 2021 T20 World Cup, the inclusion of Cricket at the Los Angles Olympics 2028 among other key points at the meeting. Brijesh Patel will also continue to head the IPL governing council. The AGM will also witness the presence of Rajiv Shukla as the BCCI's Vice-president.
BCCI remains keen on adding two new teams to the tournament, it is understood that the 2021 season of IPL will be played with the regular 8 teams and bids will be invited for the addition of two new teams from the IPL 2022. Meanwhile, The AGM meeting was earlier postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are here to discuss a very important agenda circulated by the Secretary. Sourav’s personal endorsements are a complete non-issue. No way it will be discussed or raised in the meeting”, said one of the senior BCCI officials who has already reached Ahmedabad for the meeting.
See latest has already reported that BCCI AGM will approve the inclusion of two new teams but from IPL 2022. According to the info available BCCI members are of the view, that to include two new teams with immediate effect will be not possible but they are all set to approve new teams for IPL 2022 season.
The ICC wants tax exemptions for next year’s T20 World Cup to be hosted in India. BCCI has been given various deadlines by ICC to provide tax exemption certificates from the Indian government which is mandatory to host ICC events. BCCI will discuss the issue among its members and decide the way forward. The ICC's new deadline is for December 31, 2020.
“As per Clause 10:20 of the host agreement for this event, the BCCI is obligated to deliver to ICC a full tax exemption for all income arising out of this event in favour of ICC, its sub-subsidiaries and associates and its Members at least 18 months prior to the start of the event,” the BCCI has mentioned in the agenda for its 89th Annual General Meeting to be held in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
If BCCI supports cricket at the Los Angeles Olympics which will be held in 2028, it might end up losing its autonomy as being a National Sports Federation means coming under the ambit of sports ministry with constant government interventions.