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ICC discusses relocation of Champions Trophy

NEW DELHI, MARCH 11. The Executive Board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday discussed, among other issues, the possible relocation of next year's Champions Trophy.

The ICC has sought tax exemption from the Indian government on money earned through the 2006 Champions Trophy. The world cricket body has threatened to de-list India as a possible venue for any future high-profile international tournaments, including the World Cup and Champions Trophy, if the tax sops are not offered.

The Executive Board also deliberated on the proposal to reduce the Champions Trophy to an eight-team contest from the current format of 12 teams.

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) was represented by its president, Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

The ICC has said that if no decision is taken in the given time it would move towards the option of taking the Champion Trophy out of India.

Apart from other representatives from the ICC member countries, the former BCCI President, Jagmohan Dalmiya, also attended the meeting as a special invitee.

Mr. Dalmiya was invited as there was a discussion on old ICC accounts when he was at the helm.

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