The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that they were able to get a 1-month extension period for deciding on hosting the T20 World Cup in India. The T20 World Cup, scheduled in India between October-November, was in jeopardy following the suspension of Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“The ICC Board has requested management focus its planning efforts for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on the event being staged in the UAE with the possibility of including another venue in the Middle East. A final decision on the host country will be taken later this month. The Board also confirmed that the BCCI will remain the hosts of the event regardless of where the event is played,” the ICC said.
Earlier, the Indian Board has already admitted that the 9-city hosting of the tournament in India is unlikely following the situation in India. The likes of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Dharamsala, Hyderabad and Lucknow were marked as the potential venues for the showpiece T20 event which will see 16 teams battling for the top prize.
“The BCCI has to work out such a formula. The only city, we can obviously point out at other cities, but the only city that comes to mind now is Mumbai. You have the Wankhede, the Brabourne and the DY Patil some kilometers away and a little far away you have Pune. Mumbai is a possible city where you can quarantine,” India Today Consulting Editor, Sports Boria Majumdar said
If in any case the BCCI will not be able to hold the tournament in India, Sri Lanka emerges as dark horse to host event since UAE already has a hectic major events. Also, Sri Lanka has a lot more venues than the UAE, the 16-team affair could be conducted smoothly in the country without thinking about slow pitches. The SLC had also approached BCCI earlier, expressing interest to host the IPL 2021 Phase 2.
However, in its Annual General Meeting held in Mumbai, the BCCI confirmed that the remainder of IPL 2021 in the UAE in September-October, citing monsoon in the country during the said period. Meanwhile, the ICC also confirmed on that the World Test Championship would continue. The World Test Championship, which faced a lot of difficulties in its inaugural edition due to the pandemic.
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