Champions Trophy, India
India won the Champions Trophy 2013 in England AFP

BCCI is believed to have opposed ICC’s decision to convert the 2021 Champions Trophy to World T20 as it goes against the members playing agreement. ICC are yet to take a decision on the same. The World T20 is set to be hosted in 2020 in Australia in October and November.

Irrespective of BCCI s stand on Champions Trophy, the future of the format is not clear. The success of the 2013 and 2017 editions prompt ICC to rethink. However, Champions Trophy provides nothing to Associate members. With 2019 edition being a 10-team World Cup and considering the fact that only 8 teams play Champions Trophy, the T20 format stands to benefit Associate members.

ICC World Cup 2019: India to play their first match against South Africa
ICC World Cup 2019: India to play their first match against South Africa

We are in a situation where there will be back-to-back ICC T20 events. There is no necessity for it, as if we play host to one, it would mean two T20 events in less than 12 months with different names. We will ask for a rethink, a board official told The New Indian Express.

Earlier, BCCI ensured that they play their opening match of the 2019 World Cup on June 5, whereas the tournament starts on May 31. BCCI’s decision comes as per the Lodha guidelines which states there has to be a gap of 15 days between IPL and India’s next assignment. IPL 2019 will only conclude in the third week of May.