Basit Ali, the former Pakistani cricketer, has reckoned that the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) was the first to support the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) when PCB were against the idea of organizing the T20 World Cup 2020 in February-March 2021.
In the ICC meeting, where talks were made to reschedule the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to February-March 2021, PCB opposed the idea as they have already scheduled their Pakistan Super League (PSL) for February-March every year.
BCCI supported Ehsan Mani saying the already scheduled tournaments cannot be canceled after which the England Cricket Board (ECB) also stood in their favor and finally, the mega-event has been scheduled for November 2021.
BCCI was the first to support PCB against the idea of holding the World Cup in February-March 2021: Basit Ali
“In the meeting now, it was decided that the World Cup will not happen. There was a suggestion in the meeting that this World Cup that was postponed should be held in February-March 2021.
“PCB said that they would not agree because their PSL happens at the same time and the earnings from that are used in our domestic cricket. BCCI was the first to say that PCB (Ehsan Mani) was saying the correct thing and how they can withdraw their event which is scheduled in February-March,” the 49-year-old said while speaking on his Youtube channel.
“After that ECB head also spoke in our favor. Because of that, the ICC dropped the idea of holding the World Cup that was planned to be held together in Australia and New Zealand in February-March,” he further said.
The player also disclosed that the ICC T20 World Cup was meant to be canceled and it hasn’t been canceled due to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
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