2021 T20 World Cup: ICC holds talks with India to resolve Pakistan visa ‘guarantee’ issue

Cricket’s world governing physique has held encouraging talks with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over visa and tax preparations because the nation prepares to host the T20 World Cup in October this 12 months, the International Cricket Council (ICC) mentioned on Thursday (April 1).

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has requested the ICC to assure visas for its gamers and help employees forward of the event, as relations between the 2 neighbours have been frosty. India and Pakistan haven’t hosted a cricket collection between the 2 international locations since 2013 due to political tensions.

The ICC has additionally held talks with the BCCI over securing tax exemptions for the event from the Indian authorities.

“The Board received an update on the ongoing preparations around the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in India,” the ICC mentioned in a press release. “This included an update from the BCCI on positive discussions with the Indian government around tax arrangements and visa guarantees. It is anticipated that both issues will be resolved over the next month.”

Decision on Umpire’s name

The ICC cricket committee, led by former India captain Anil Kumble, additionally determined to proceed with the umpire’s name within the Decision Review System (DRS), regardless of the protocol dealing with heavy criticism from former and present gamers in latest months. The ICC, nevertheless, mentioned it had tweaked the DRS protocols for leg-before evaluations to guarantee “the same umpire`s call margin around the stumps for both height and width.”

“The cricket committee had an excellent discussion around umpire’s call and analysed its use extensively,” Kumble mentioned.

“The principle underpinning DRS was to correct clear errors in the game whilst ensuring the role of the umpire as the decision maker on the field of play was preserved, bearing in mind the element of prediction involved with the technology. Umpire’s call allows that to happen, which is why it is important it remains.”

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