T20 World Cup 2021: BCCI transfers ticketing rights to ECB, OC; pays USD 7 million as fees

Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Oman Cricket (OC) will now hold the rights to the ticket sales in the T20 World Cup 2021.

Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Oman Cricket (OC) will now hold the rights to the ticket sales in the T20 World Cup 2021.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed the compensation which it is paying the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Oman Cricket (OC) for hosting the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. BCCI conducted its Apex Council meeting on Monday, September 20, in which the members of the board were informed about the development. 

Interestingly, the board has decided to transfer the ticketing rights of the mega event to ECB and OC. All the money which will be generated through the sales of the ticket would now be taken by the two boards. The tournament was originally going to be held in India, but COVID-19 threat meant the tournament was shifted to the Middle East. 

“BCCI is paying ECB a fixed fee of USD 1.5 million (from hosting fee of USD 13.5 million) and operational costs of USD 5.5 million which will be covered by ICC. The total fee payable is USD 7 million. BCCI has transferred its ticketing rights to the ECB and all revenues generated out of the sale of match tickets will be retained by the ECB,” a BCCI official told ANI. 

Six T20 World Cup matches to be played in Oman

The BCCI has also created a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for making sure that the tournament is conducted smoothly. The committee has staff members of BCCI mainly, while some from ECB have also been taken in. The T20 World Cup 2021 has been divided into two parts, the qualifying round, and the main draw. 

The qualifying round will see two groups of four teams each compete. One of the groups will play its matches in Abu Dhabi while the other will play in Muscat, Oman. The top two teams from each of these two groups will join the eight teams, who are in the main round, being split into two groups. All the matches of the main round will be played in the UAE, across three venues, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai. 

The report further stated the amount OC will get for hosting the six matches in Muscat. “The BCCI is hosting 6 matches in Muscat. BCCI is paying OC a fixed fee of USD 400,000” the BCCI official told ANI.