ICC has allowed BCCI deadline of 28 June to decide on T20 WC in India
The ICC and BCCI met virtually on 1 June to decide on the fate of the venue for the forthcoming T20I World cup. BCCI was represented by Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah.
Finally, it has been decided that BCCI will take time till 28 June to finalize. Whether the T20I World cup will be held in India.
ICC board has unanimously decided to give BCCI 4 weeks time. To decide on the world cup fate in view of the covid pandemic. The 2nd wave of which battered the nation between 15 April to 15 May. But since then has shown a sharp decline in the number of daily cases though the number of cases still is well over one lac daily at this point of time.
It may be noted that the IPL 2021 was halted by a rapid surge of the virus last month. Which penetrated the bio bubble to totally throw the event into disarray finally leading to its suspension.
With daily covid cases on a sharp decline, bcci has taken 4 more weeks time to decide on the fate of world T20. Which is supposed to be hosted in India. The board has taken a more cautious approach this time. Also keeping in mind a possibility of a 3rd wave in September- October. Also, Mumbai is the only city where it will plan to host the event cutting down travelling requirements if the event is held in India.
ICC has allowed BCCI deadline of 28 June to decide on T20 WC in India. However, there is also an issue with holding of the Pakistan matches in Mumbai with the political implications. In view of Shiv Sena’s strong presence in the city in which case. The Pakistan matches may get shifted to nearby Ahmedabad.
Also, the event if held in India cannot be spread to nine cities after the IPL experience last month.
UAE is the alternative venue for the T20I World Cup under BCCI’s holding rights. If the plan to hold it in India falls through with Muscat and Oman earmarked to host. The preliminary matches at the start of the event.
Thus BCCI will wait with fingers crossed to see if the covid 2nd wave subsides further appreciably. So that they get the confidence to host the World cup in India.