ICC T20 World Cup 2021: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may have to shift the important ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to the UAE due to irregularity in the covid situation in the country, says Jay Shah, BCCI Secretary.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Mr Shah informed that the board officials are monitoring the situations closely and a wiser call will be taken by keeping in mind the safety and health of the cricketers.
“Due to the COVID-19 situation in our country, we may shift the tournament to the UAE. We are monitoring the situation closely, the health and safety of players are paramount, we will take a final call soon,” Shah told news agency ANI.
India is battling hard with the unprecedented covid pandemic since last year and is not yet completely recovered to be considered safe to host such a vast tournament comprising 16 international teams and their players.
The final call is yet not taken by the BCCI. As per the reports, the board will report to ICC on June 30th about the same.
The fourteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is also slated to be held in the UAE. The tournament will get underway on September 19th and the final will be played on 15th October.
Moreover, the ICC recently revealed the starting and final date for the T20 World Cup. The marquee World Cup will begin two days after the final of IPL 2021, i.e., 17th October while the final will be held on November 14.
If the T20 World Cup is finalised in the UAE, the overseas players who may have thought of pulling out of the second phase of the IPL 2021 due to overloaded international schedules can probably reconsider their decision to participate.