BCCI to resolve Pakistan visa ‘guarantee’ issue for T20 World Cup in a month | Cricket News

2021-04-01 14:30:37

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has assured the International Cricket Council (ICC) that it will be able to guarantee visas and tax arrangements for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India in Oct-Nov later this year.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had asked for a guarantee from BCCI over issuing visas to its players for the marquee tournament. BCCI informed the ICC board, in its quarterly meeting, that the issue is expected to be resolved over the next month. ICC and BCCI had also been at loggerheads over tax exemptions for hosting a World Cup for a couple of years. BCCI said that the matter will also be resolved in a month.
Umpire’s call to stay, ‘soft signal’ to be discussed in next meeting
The ICC cricket committee decided to retain the controversial ‘umpire’s call’ while using DRS. Sources in the ICC told TOI that a call on ‘soft signal’ to the third umpire reviewing catches will be discussed in the next meeting. It was agreed at the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) that the cricket committee would look at it in their next meeting. BCCI has removed the ‘soft signal’ from its playing conditions for the upcoming IPL season.
However, the ‘umpire’s call’ has been tweaked a bit. “For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone will be lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width. A player will be able to ask the umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball before deciding to review an LBW decision. The 3rd Umpire will check a replay of any short run that has been called and correct any error prior to the next ball being bowled,” the ICC said in a release.
Seven extra players in squads for ICC events
The ICC board also made a provision for teams to carry additional seven players for ICC events if the tournament is played in a bio-bubble. The squad strength has been increased from 23 to 30 which includes support staff. This means that the T20 World Cup could see teams carrying jumbo squads if the Covid-19 pandemic doesn’t subside in the second half of the year.
Women’s U-19 WC postponed to 2023
The inaugural Women’s U-19 World Cup has been postponed to 2023. The tournament was initially scheduled for 2021. TOI had reported on Oct 14 that the tournament had hit a roadblock. ICC said that the pandemic hasn’t given time to countries to prepare programmes for the U-19 tournament.

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