T20 World Cup 2021 Likely To Move From India: ICC
As the number of Covid-19 cases surges in India, this year’s men’s T20 World Cup is expected to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Tuesday.
“The ICC board has requested the concerned management to focus its planning efforts for the ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on the event being organized in the UAE with the option of including another venue in the Middle East,” said the statement.
The ICC also said that a final decision regarding the host country for the T20 World Cup event would be taken later this month.
It added that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would still be the hosts of the tournament, regardless of where it is played.
The decision came only two days after Indian cricket chiefs announced that the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 franchise tournament, postponed due to a new Covid-19 wave hit India, would be resumed in the UAE in September and October.
In the meantime, the BCCI stated that it would take more time from ICC to decide on whether India, one of the leading on-field nations, could still organize the T20 World Cup.
The IPL, the world’s richest cricket tournament, was only half-done when it was suspended on May 4 after several players and team officials contracted the coronavirus despite being based in bio-secure bubbles, resulting in the prompt departure of foreign stars.