The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) held its seventh Apex Council meeting virtually to propose nine venues for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by India in October-November. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai were part of the list finalised by the governing body for the live cricket match actions.
The 16-team competition is scheduled between October and November with November 13 as the date for the final. However, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision on the T20 World Cup final venue is however yet to be taken and will be subject to the Covid-19 situation in India. Visit us for more IPL 2021 news today and cricket predictions.
“The nine venues have been informed and it was again discussed that preparations should continue for the showpiece event with an eye on the COVID-19 situation and a call will only be taken closer to the event. It is too early to imagine what can or will happen in October-November with regards to the coronavirus situation. But preparations shall be on,” a source knowledgeable to the development told.
Asked about the visa of players participating in the T20 World Cup, the source said: “Yes, all participants will get visas.” It is learnt that the ICC and the BCCI will discuss different plans in case staging the event at multiple venues will be a complex issue. Earlier, the players participating in the T20 World Cup will get the visas, according to reports.
The BCCI secretary Jay Shah has also informed the Apex Council about government’s decision on giving visas to the Pakistan players. “The visa issue of Pakistan cricket team has been sorted. However whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear,” a council member told a news agency. “It will be decided in due course of time. However we had promised ICC that it will be sorted.
“There were discussions on the domestic calendar as well as the BCCI is very serious about it and we are looking at September to kickstart the season with the Mushtaq Ali and then the 50-over and days format, but then have to see how things pan out. You cannot guess the future in these circumstances,” the source added, citing the start of India’s domestic season.
Originally Australia was the original host of the T20 World Cup in 2020, which was forced to be canceled due to the outbreak of the pandemic. However, the retained the rights to host the 2021 edition and the 2022 edition was handed to Australia.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series for many years now due to political tension between two countries.
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