ICC contemplates shifting 2021 T20 World Cup from India to UAE | Cricket News

LONDON: This yr’s males’s T20 World Cup could possibly be moved from India to the United Arab Emirates the International Cricket Council mentioned Tuesday.
The transfer seems to have been prompted by the rising variety of Covid-19 instances in India, though this was not talked about instantly in a press release issued by the worldwide governing physique.
“The ICC board has requested administration focus its planning efforts for the ICC males’s T20 World Cup 2021 on the occasion being staged within the UAE with the potential of together with one other venue within the Middle East,” the assertion mentioned.
The ICC added {that a} remaining resolution on the host nation for the October-November occasion can be taken later this month.
The assertion got here simply two days after Indian cricket chiefs introduced that the profitable Indian Premier League T20 franchise event, suspended after a brand new Covid-19 wave hit India, can be completed within the UAE in September and October.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mentioned it might ask the ICC for extra time to decide on whether or not India, the game’s financial powerhouse and one of many main on-field nations, may nonetheless stage the T20 World Cup.
The IPL, the world’s richest cricket event, was half-finished when it was halted on May 4 after quite a lot of gamers and workforce officers caught the coronavirus regardless of being primarily based in bio-secure bubbles.
About 160,000 individuals have died in India since April 1 in a devastating wave.
There are fears the nation could possibly be hit by one other surge later this yr that will coincide with the present T20 World Cup schedule.
The BCCI mentioned, nonetheless, that it was shifting the remaining matches to the UAE — which staged all of final yr’s IPL — — due to the monsoon season and didn’t point out the pandemic.


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