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‘Safety of players, stakeholders is of paramount importance’: Sourav Ganguly on shifting T20 World Cup to UAE


President of the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) Surav Gangulyin a letter to the BCCI members, he explained the reasons for the postponement of the T20 World Cup to the UAE, according to the ANI news agency. In the letter, Ganguly wrote that the safety of players and other stakeholders is of the utmost importance, the report added.

“We wanted to inform you that we have discussed this issue with the ICC and have had several rounds of internal discussions,” wrote Ganguly according to ANI.

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“After much deliberation, it was decided that the safety of players and other stakeholders is paramount and with that in mind, it is best to move the T20 ICC Men’s World Cup to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

“It was not an easy decision, and we have been thinking about it for several months, constantly monitoring the situation with COVID. However, when the second wave caused such devastation, the solution ultimately came down to the safety and well-being of the people. players and organizers.

“Despite the fact that vaccinations in the country are going at a breakneck speed, there are reports of a third wave and various options that we simply cannot ignore. There is nothing more we could wish for other than hosting this prestigious tournament in India, but it shouldn’t have been, ”he added.

“On the other hand, BCCI remains the venue for the ICC Men’s T20 World Championship and with his previous experience of IPL in the UAE, we can confidently say that it will go smoothly and BCCI will leave no stone unturned. make it an unprecedented success.

“We thank you for your continued support and we hope that you will provide unwavering support in this matter as you have done in the past,” Ganguly said.

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.

(With the participation of agencies)



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