Taxation issues threaten to put BCCI and ICC on collision course

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ICC chairman Shashank Manohar (r).

The Indian cricket board and the world body seem to be on a collision course over the issue of tax.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will seek legal advice from English law experts after receiving intimation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) that the country stands to lose a share of its annual revenue from the world body for the loss caused by failure to get tax exemption for the 2016 World T20 in India.

Taxation has become a bone of contention between the two bodies with the ICC seeking to recover the 10 per cent tax that broadcaster Star had to pay to tax authorities in India and which was thus reduced from the amount it paid to the ICC. The BCCI, on the other hand, insists it was only following existing taxation rules in India.

According to reports, India’s share of ICC’s revenue stands at $405 million over eight years and that could be reduced by $40.5m.

Not only that, there is a threat of India losing hosting rights to the 2021 World T20 and the 2023 World Cup if tax relief isn’t guaranteed.

What is making the situation peculiar is that the ICC is led by Shashank Manohar, who was the BCCI chief until 2016.

The Indo-Asian News Service quoted a BCCI official as saying that the board will follow the rule of the land, and even dared the ICC to take the tournament out of India.

“We will abide by what the tax department and the ministry decides on this. We would love for the World Cup to take place here (India), but if the ICC wants to play hard ball, they must be ready for everything,” an unnamed official was quoted as saying.

“If they want to take the ICC tournament out of India, it’s fine. Let BCCI then take the revenue out of the ICC and see who loses more.”

The Indian board is still smarting from the ICC’s decision to slash it’s revenue share from $570 million to $293 million before finally settling on $405m after hectic negotiations in 2017.

The ICC, under Manohar, had enforced a restructure that has resulted in more funds to other member boards.

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Mike Hesson steps down as Kings XI Punjab head coach after just one season

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Hesson is in running for three national team jobs reportedly.

Mike Hesson stepped down as head coach of Kings XI Punjab on Thursday after spending just one season with Mohali-based Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Kings XI franchise and wish to thank them for the season I had in charge,” the Kiwi wrote in a farewell message on Twitter.

“Whilst disappointed not to be able to build on the work we did this year, I’m sure success isn’t too far away for them. I wish them all the best for the future,” he added.

Under Hesson, Kings XI Punjab finished sixth in the 2019 edition of the IPL after registering six wins and eight losses in their 14 matches.

While no reasons were given for the Kiwi’s abrupt departure, it is speculated that he is currently in contention for the head coach positions of India, Pakistan as well as Bangladesh.

According to local media reports in New Zealand, Hesson is a favourite to land the Bangladesh top job while he has sent in his applications for the India and Pakistan hot seats.

The 44-year-old had a strong six-year tenure with the Black Caps and was at the helm of the side when they finished runners-up in the 2015 ICC World Cup.

Hesson is among a three-man shortlist currently being considered for the Bangladesh role with South Africa’s Russell Domingo and Paul Farbrace also in the fray.

India, meanwhile, are in the process of recruiting a new coach as well following the completion of Ravi Shastri’s tenure. Shastri’s name has been has been automatically included in the shortlist for the new coach although other contenders like Tom Moody and Hesson are also reportedly in the running.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had recently announced that Mickey Arthur’s contract as head coach will not be renewed and stuff.co.nz reports that Hesson has already been approached as a potential replacement. The PCB has started its process to recruit the next coach with advertisements for the same being sent out on Friday.

With coaching positions currently open for all subcontinent sides, Hesson could definitely be a man in demand in the coming few days.

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Dinesh Chandimal's exile ends as Sri Lanka recall ex-captain to Test squad

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Sri Lanka Dinesh Chandimal.

Sri Lanka recalled former captain Dinesh Chandimal on Friday to the 15-member squad for the first Test against New Zealand.

It ended a six-month exile for the wicketkeeper-batsman after he lost his place owing to poor form. The 29-year-old was sidelined after a poor series against Australia and also missed the South African tour of Sri Lanka.

Also, the Sri Lankans recalled spinner Akila Dananjaya who had been suspended from international cricket over a suspect bowling action. The mystery spinner is back after remodeling his action.

The first Test against New Zealand starts on Wednesday at Galle. Squad for the second Test starting on August 22 in Colombo has not been named yet.

New Zealand are also scheduled to play T20s on August 31, September 2 and September 6.

Sri Lanka squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dikwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando

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