The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) requested time when the ICC Board convened meeting on Tuesday, with an eye towards hosting the T20 World Cup in India in October-November.
The request was agrees by the members, with the Indian board allows until June 28 to make a decision.
Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, confirmed the news to ANI.
“We have time till June 28 to go back to the ICC on hosting the T20 World Cup,” he said.
According to sources familiar with the ICC meeting’s developments.
The international body has decided to give time to BCCI because the COVID-19 situation could change in the coming month.
UAE is the back-up venue for T20 World cup
“It was decided that the BCCI should be given time to look at how the COVID-19 situation pans out and if the situation improves in the next month, the Indian board can decide on how they wish to go ahead with the tournament and if the situation doesn’t improve, we can then take it forward and decide on the next step in hosting it in UAE which is the back-up venue,” the source explained.
During their SGM on Saturday, the Indian board had already agreed on the lines of requesting a time extension. BCCI president Ganguly suggested that the members give India time to make a decision on hosting the showpiece event.
With more than four months until the showpiece event, the BCCI unanimously decide to suggest to the ICC that the organization get time till the end of June or the beginning of July to make a decision on hosting the tournament.
“There is still close to four and a half months and we are confident things will change in that space of time with respect to COVID-19. The BCCI will request the ICC for time till the end of June or the start of July to take a final call on the matter,” a source had explained after the SGM on Saturday.