The ICC changed the dates of World Cup 2023 in their last meeting that also decided the fate of the T20 World Cup 2020. Reports claim that the decision was made at request of the Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani.
Ehsan Mani convinced ICC
The International Cricket Council revised the schedule of three major events a couple of days back. The much anticipated T20 World Cup 2020 was postponed to 2022 whereas T20 World Cup 2021 and World Cup 2023 dates were revised too. Reportedly the ODI World Cup date was changed by the global body of cricket at the request of the PCB chief according to a claim by The News to accommodate the Pakistan Super League.
If the original schedule was followed, the ODI World Cup 2023 would have been played in February-March. But Pakistan also look to organise the PSL in that window. So as per the news report, Ehsan Mani had convinced the apex board to shift the showpiece event to a later part of the year before the ICC meeting. In fact, the changed schedule means Pakistan will be able to host the PSL in February-March window for the next three years which will help them attract lucrative deals.
Source explains why World Cup 2023 dates were changed
A source was quoted by The News, Pakistan, “This means that now the international window in Feb-March is free for the next three years. That’s the window PCB had always chosen to hold the PSL.” The report added, “The PCB chairman garnered support from various ICC Board members to ensure that there is a proper window available for the PSL on the international calendar.”
The source continued, “The Board may not be on the brink of bankruptcy but it is going to face the crunch unless it manages substantial media and commercial rights deals. The fact that PSL has a window available for 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions means that PCB is now in a much better position to sell the rights.”