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India to host New Zealand before T20 World Cup in November

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It was decided in the Apex Council Meeting yesterday that India will play against New Zealand just ahead of the T20 World Cup in a short Test series and a rather extended T20I series.

India will have a packed calendar in 2021 with England coming over after the Australia series. A four-Test, three-ODI, and five-T20I series later, India will go to the IPL after which they are slated to play the Test Championship final if the ongoing results go their way.

A return series against England later, India are now planning to play New Zealand before hosting the T20 World Cup. This was discussed widely in the Apex Council meeting on Sunday and the council was unanimous in their view.

In the meeting, the feasibility of getting South Africa for a short series to compensate for the canceled series due to the pandemic in March last year was discussed. But the decision regarding the Futures Tour Programme (FTP) has been postponed for a few days which will now be decided in a later meeting.

India to go ahead with T20 World Cup with/without tax exemption

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided not to let the central government’s decision regarding the tax exemption come in the way of their preparation for the mega event. The council decided to ask the ICC to deduct the tax amount from the BCCI revenue pool next year.

“BCCI is in talks with the government. Even if the desired exemption is not granted, the board will go ahead with hosting the World Cup. It may give up an amount from its ICC revenue kitty,” the official told ToI.