- The decision came after the ICC provided BCCI with a four-week window earlier in the month to decide and inform if India can host a major event.
PUBLISHED ON JUNE 28, 2021, 15:17 IST
Now it is almost official that ICC T20 World Championshipscheduled to take place in India later this year, will be moved to the United Arab Emirates due to the country’s widespread Covid-19 situation. President of the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) Surav Ganguly told the PTI news agency that the board has already notified the International Cricket Council (ICC) of the possible outcome of events.
“We have officially announced to the ICC that the T20 World Cup could be moved to the United Arab Emirates. Details are being specified, ”PTI quotes Ganguly.
The decision came after the ICC provided BCCI with a four-week window earlier this month to decide and inform if India can host a major event given the country’s COVID-19 situation.
The shift comes just months after BCCI decided to move the remainder of the 2021 IPL to the UAE. The tournament was previously postponed indefinitely in early May after the bio-bubble of several franchises was breached and players and staff tested positive for Covid-19 during a devastating second wave in India.
The ICC had to cancel last year’s T20 World Cup, which was supposed to be held in Australia, due to the Covid-19 situation. The window was provided by BCCI, which successfully hosted the IPL 2020 in the UAE.
The UAE’s transformation into a safe venue for cricket events was further strengthened when the PCB successfully completed the remainder of the PSL season a few days ago.
(With PTI inputs)