Premature to say any threat to 2023 World Cup.
“We’ve still got a lot of time.” – ICC CEO Dave Richardson
ICC CEO, Dave Richardson during a promotional event
made the announcement on Thursday in Delhi that India is arguably the biggest powerhouse of cricket in this era and is in no danger of losing the hosting rights for the World Cup in 2023.
Richardson buried the speculation that the mega-event, India is set to organise in the next decade, could be jeopardised owing to tax exemption issues.
The Government of India had refused to grant tax exemptions to the cricket’s international body when India hosted the 2016 World T20 at which the latter had asked the Indian cricket board to either pay USD 23 million (Rs 161 crore) as compensation or lose the hosting rights of the 2023 edition of the mega event. India is going to organise it alone, unlike in 1987, 1996 and 2011.
“Getting tax exemptions is very important for world cricket because every cent that is made by the ICC revenue wise is put back into the game. This helps countries like the West Indies who don’t generate as much revenue,” said Richardson at an event to announce a five-year partnership with Coco-Cola.
“But having said that there are no plans of taking away the hosting (from India) and I’m sure we will get it (exemption) in the end, we’ve still got a lot of time.”