The T20 World cup, which was earlier going to be held in India, might get shifted to UAE, said the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.
Though not officially mentioned by ICC, it seems that the worsening situation of covid-19 in India is the reason which prompted the move.
The official statement issued by the global cricket, governing body said, “The ICC board has requested management to 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”.
The final decision regarding the host country for the T20 World Cup will be taken later this month.
The announcement from ICC came just two days after India suspended its Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, after a new coronavirus wave hit the country. The tournament will now be finished in the UAE in September and October.
In the meantime, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that it would ask the ICC for “more time to make a decision on whether India could still stage the T20 World Cup”.
Similar to Pakistan Super League (PSL), IPL was also postponed after a number of players and team officials got infected with the coronavirus, despite being based in bio-secure bubbles.
The death toll in India has crossed the number 160,000, and there are fears that the country is still under threat of another wave, that may coincide with the current T20 World Cup schedule.
The BCCI, however, said that it was moving the remaining matches to the UAE because of the monsoon season and did not mention the pandemic.
From : pk.mashable.com