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T20 WC Will Be Held To UAE, BCCI Affirmed

The T20 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Secretary Jay Shah Of BCCI

According to BCCI secretary Jay Shah, the BCCI has decided to move in principle and would inform the International Cricket Council in writing (ICC)

“We’re moving the tournament to UAE and we will inform the ICC this evening,” Shah said

“The schedule will be done later. We have not decided on the schedule completely. We will inform you soon,” the BCCI secretary added.

Tournament’s Feasibility

The ICC had ordered the BCCI to report on the tournament’s feasibility by June 28 during its most recent board meeting. With the deadline passed, the BCCI has concluded that holding the event in India is no longer feasible. The ICC has previously stated that the BCCI will continue to host the event regardless of the venue.

New Grounds To Complement

The ICC said after its June 1 meeting that it is looking for a new ground to complement the three now in use in the UAE: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The BCCI and ICC have kept the Oman option open because Muscat is making good progress in terms of infrastructure.

Oman Cricket Officials

Officials from Oman Cricket are also said to have met with the BCCI’s senior brass in Dubai earlier this month. In addition, Oman’s squad has qualified for the event. The opening round games could be held in Oman, with Sri Lanka, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Oman, Bangladesh, Namibia, the Netherlands, and Scotland competing.

In a letter to the state units, BCCI stated:

“After much deliberation, it has been decided that safety of players and other stakeholders is of paramount importance, and keeping that in mind, we should shift the ICC Men’s T20 WC to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.”

“On the brighter side, the BCCI remains the host for the ICC Men’s T20 WC and with its prior experience in hosting IPL in UAE, we can say with certainty that it will be hosted smoothly, and the BCCI will leave no stone unturned to make it an unprecedented success,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly added

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