During its first meeting of 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) raised concerns over the lack of tax exemptions which it said was ‘standard practice’ for any premier sporting event of the magnitude of the Champions Trophy.
This is despite ongoing efforts by both the ICC and the BCCI in trying to secure the exemption. After its meeting in Dubai, the world governing body issued a press release stating that alternate venues will be mulled over as the dialogue between the ICC, BCCI and the Indian government continued.
“The Board expressed their concern around the absence of a tax exemption from the Indian Government for ICC events held in India despite ongoing efforts from both the ICC and BCCI to secure the exemption which is standard practice for major sporting events around the world,” the press release said.
“The Board agreed that ICC management, supported by the BCCI will continue the dialogue with the Indian Government but in the meantime directed ICC management to explore alternative host countries in a similar time zone for the ICC Champions Trophy 2021,” it added.
This means that India could be in danger of losing the hosting rights to other ICC tournaments like the 2023 World Cup too if the issue is not resolved.
The ICC considering alternate venues with similar time-zones means the likes of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh could be in consideration.
The governing body also confirmed that Pepsico Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed to the ICC Board as its first independent female director and will be joining in June 2018.
“The new model will see Ireland and Afghanistan each receiving a percentage of the projected surplus, amounting under current projections to approximately $40m each over the course of the current eight year commercial rights cycle,” ICC stated in the press release.
Herath picked up the final wicket to fall as Taijul Islam’s attempted slog-sweep went straight into the hands of Danushka Gunathilaka at the boundary. The wicket completed a four-wicket haul for the 39-year-old spinner and was his 415th Test dismissal.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 10, 2018
Among currently active cricketers, only James Anderson (523) and Steyn have picked up more Test wickets than the former Sri Lanka skipper.
Just last week, Herath had another feather in his bludgeoning cap when he became only the third Sri Lankan bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas to complete 500 dismissals across all formats in international cricket. That feat had come in the first Test against Bangladesh which had ended in a draw.
The wily bowler now has 415 wickets from 89 Test appearances for Sri Lanka with an average of 28 and a best of 9-127. He has picked up a five-wicket haul in Tests a staggering 33 times over the course of his career while registering nine 10-wicket hauls.
Set a target of 339 runs, a collapse-prone Bangladesh were all out for 123 in 29.3 overs in their second innings in the second session of the third day, without offering much of a challenge.
Dananjaya finished with 5-24 to take his match haul to eight wickets while experienced Rangana Herath claimed 4-49.
Sri Lanka bowled out Bangladesh for 110 runs in the first innings to take a 112-run lead after they made 222 runs in their opening innings.
The visitors’ victory was never in doubt after they posted 226 runs in their second innings, resuming the third day’s play on 200-8.
Roshen Silva remained unbeaten on 70, adding 48 runs with fellow overnight batsman Suranga Lakmal for the ninth wicket to extend their lead on a difficult pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bowled Lakmal for 21 to end the partnership before he trapped Herath leg-before off the next ball to wrap up the Sri Lanka innings.
Taijul finished with 4-76 taking his tally to eight wickets in the match but Bangladesh were always in the back foot once they started their second innings on a massively turning wicket.
Sri Lanka began their victory push as Dilruwan Perera removed opener Tamim Iqbal for two in just the second over of the innings.
Herath got rid of Imrul Kayes before the lunch break as wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella took a catch, just a ball after he hit the left-arm spinner for a six.
Herath added Mominul Haque (33) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25) to after the lunch break before Dananjaya stepped on to the scene and did the rest.
Silva, who also scored 56 runs in the first innings, was man of the match.
The first Test ended in a draw in Chittagong.
The two teams will now play two Twenty20 internationals with the first match in Dhaka on February 15.