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T20 World Cup Set To Moved Out Of India

Due to a difficult COVID-19 situation in India, the flagship T20 World Cup in October-November is expected to be transferred to the UAE and Oman. The BCCI has internally informed the ICC to press forward with its preparations.

Fourth Venue For The Event

Apart from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, Oman’s capital Muscat has been added as the fourth venue for the event, which will begin in the last week of October.

“Yes, the BCCI, during the ICC board meeting, has formally asked for a four-week window to take a final call but, internally, they have said that they would like to keep the hosting rights and wouldn’t mind the tournament being held in UAE and Oman,” a senior board official, Said

Muscat, For The 16 Teams Competition

Muscat has been chosen expressly for the 16-team competition’s early rounds, allowing the three UAE venues to rest following 31 IPL games.

” If IPL finishes by 10 October, then the UAE leg of World T20 can start off in November which would give three weeks” time to the pitches to be spruced up for the global event. In the meanwhile, the first week can be held in Oman,” he said

India Is Attempting To Buy Time

A majority of ICC board members believe India is attempting to buy time while it assesses the situation at a time when it is extremely difficult to forecast how events will unfold in October and November.

“If you think about it practically, India is now reporting around 120,000 plus cases which is close to one third of what was being reported at the end of April and start of this month.

“But sitting on 28 June, if you say “yes” to holding the World T20 in India, how can you predict the health situation in October if there is a third wave?,” the seasoned official asked.

“Look, everyone including BCCI brass knows that monsoon is not a good enough reason and it is COVID-19, with almost 2,500 crore revenue riding on the tournament.

“In a 16-team event, if there is one team that gets affected in bubble with multiple cases, it won’t be like IPL. For weaker national teams, you won’t get ready replacements outside 14 or 15 men. There are teething issues,”

“They would certainly come and play the IPL in the UAE and would be more than happy to play the T20 World Cup over there.

“But one can be rest assured that there would apprehensions with regards to health safety with players” families and their boards and the local cricket association would give them an update on health threat perceptions. It would be easier said than done,” the official said.

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