IPL 2019 is knocking at the door. The tournament has started making headlines almost daily now. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently expressed a desire to put forth a uniform policy for T20 leagues across the globe. 

This has become a matter of concern for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The board clearly mentioned how they are not interested to welcome any interference from the global body in the Indian Premier League.

BCCI asked ICC to ‘stay away’ from IPL terming the Indian board as the only governing authority of the league. ICC reportedly wished to incorporate the ‘minimum criteria’ and a defined ‘framework’ reportedly being the two frameworks that the ICC wishes to incorporate but the treasurer of the Indian cricket board, Anirudh Chaudhry expressed a firm stance of not allowing any sort of intervention in the domestic T20 competition.

BCCI Not Happy With ICC

Choudhary explained,

“The ICC is good with words but the substance of their intent is pretty obvious over the past couple of years.”

He added, “They see that for their purposes, BCCI as an organization in this period of transition is not the force that it was. They see the issues that have existed with regard to the holding of the General Meetings, the forum that decides on policy matters.”

He furthermore clarified,

“Therefore, the ICC has been making a push, albeit a push camouflaged in pretty words, to intrude upon the sovereignty of the BCCI vis-à-vis the ICC. Whether it is the attempt to govern the inter-board relations or the attempt to gain granular information about the operations of the BCCI and its members, and now the attempted intrusion in the IPL”.

The BCCI CEO Raul Johri also commented on the matter and said,

“The BCCI is of the firm view that the IPL is a domestic property of the BCCI. The prerogative of setting rules and regulations of the IPL rest with the BCCI”.

With IPL 2019 approaching in a few days, the members of the BCCI are not taking ICC’s intent lightly. “What are these strategy groups? Does the (ICC) chairman (Shashank Manohar) have any grasp over why these strategy groups have been formed and how they function? For instance, there’s a strategy group on ‘cricket’ but has no cricketer on it. Similarly, there’s a strategy group on the T20 leagues, but there’s nobody with any experience of running a T20 league who sits in that group. Is this some joke?” the members asked.

ICC Statement

After such reports published in Indian media ICC issued a statement clarifying their stand. The global board is not interested to interfere in the IPL. “Reports (in the Indian media) that ICC is somehow seeking to interfere in or dictate to the IPL are wide of the mark. That is not the case”, the ICC statement read.

It seems ICC also doesn’t want to mess with the richest board of the cricket world. ICC is already dealing with India Pakistan issue in global platforms. Moreover, IPL 2019 is scheduled to begin from the last week of March. World Cup 2019 will be starting on May 30. In the current situation, the ICC will not like to get involved in any such controversy.

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