After a long wait of four months, last week the International Cricket Council finally postponed the T20 World Cup 2020 to next year. The tournament, which was scheduled to take place in Australia in September – October, is now pushed back to 2021.
The Shifting of the tournament also opened up a window for the BCCI to stage IPL 2020 in UAE in the September – October month. However, BCCI utilizing the window for IPL 2020 didn’t go well with many as they alleged BCCI of pressurising the ICC to postpone IPL. A number of people from PCB and their ex-players even termed the decision of postponing T20 World Cup 2020 a biased one for the ICC.
But now, the latest reports has suggested that, in reality the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) chief was the one, who actually pulled the strings and prompted ICC to postpone the T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC World Cup 2023 in the later halves of the year instead of first half. Reportedly, the PCB chief did so to open up the February-March window for the Pakistan Cricket League (PSL).
“This means that now the international window in Feb-March is free for the next three years. That’s the window PCB had always chosen to hold the PSL. The PCB chairman garnered support from various ICC Board members to ensure that there is a proper window available for the PSL on the international calendar,” a source told The News, Pakistan.
With the T20 World Cup 2020, the Apex Cricket Body has also postponed the T20 World Cup 2021 and ICC World Cup 2023. While the T20 World Cup 2021 was pushed to 2022, the ICC World Cup 2023, which is slated to take place in India, was also rescheduled in October-November 2023.
The source also added that the PCB, which is on the brink of being bankrupted, has got a new lifeline thanks to the window cleared in February – March by ICC. With 2021, 2022 and 2023 window cleared for PSL, now PCB can attract lucrative deals from the sponsors in upcoming years.
“The Board may not be on the brink of bankruptcy but it is going to face the crunch unless it manages substantial media and commercial rights deals. The fact that PSL has a window available for 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions means that PCB is now in a much better position to sell the rights,” the source further added.
Now as the news has broken out, it will be interesting to see how former Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif reacts after the allegations they made on the BCCI.