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Ganguly and Jai Shah can discuss revenue sharing and pitches with Emirates Cricket Association (ECB).
The top leadership of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) led by Secretary Jai Shah has reached UAE. Chairman Sourav Ganguly will reach there on Wednesday. It is believed that the board is considering to stage Phase-II of IPL-2021 as well as the T20 World Cup. BCCI officials can discuss this issue in detail with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).
UAE already included in Board’s Plan-B
The Indian board had told state cricket associations on May 29 that it would seek one more month from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the World Cup. However, the way all the officials are reaching the UAE, it seems that there is an internal consensus to organize the World Cup in the UAE. The Indian board has already included UAE in its Plan B for the World Cup. Dheeraj Malhotra, who was made the tournament director for the World Cup, told the BBC in an interview that UAE is a Plan-B if the event is not possible in India.
Revenue sharing is a big issue
If the World Cup takes place in the UAE, then revenue sharing between BCCI and UAE could be a big issue. The BCCI has already stated that even if the event is called out, it will not lose its right to be the organizer. In such a situation, if the tournament is held in the UAE, the Indian board will have to share revenue with the Emirates board.
The health of the pitch will also be discussed
If the World Cup is held in the UAE, then the condition of the pitch will also have to be taken care of. The remaining matches of the IPL and the World Cup together total 76 matches. Pitching 76 matches in three stages in such a short time span can make the pitch much slower. For this, the board may have to release two stadiums after a few matches of the IPL.