The Men’s T20I World Cup to be shifted to UAE: Sourav Ganguly
Finally, after weeks of speculation, the BCCI has confirmed that the forthcoming men’s T20I World cup will be shifted to UAE. This has been started by the BCCI supremo Sourav Ganguly. The shift finally had to happen owing to the health safety concerns posed by COVID-19. With a possible third wave expected around September. The BCCI was in no mood to take any chances on hosting of such a mega event. After they had learnt their lessons on IPL 2021. The remainder of which by the way will also be hosted at UAE from 19th September.
“We have officially intimated the ICC that the T20 World Cup can be shifted to the United Arab Emirates. The Men’s T20I World Cup to be shifted to UAE: Sourav Ganguly. The details are being chalked out, The decision was taken keeping health safety concerns of all stakeholders in mind,” Ganguly said.
With 9 cities required to host an event of such a magnitude as the T20I World cup. There was going to be a lot of travelling requirements which can prove to be fatal in the current scenario in India. Where though the 2nd wave has subsided appreciably, the government cannot take chances with respect to the massive population in the country. After what the nation and the IPL have witnessed in April – May.
BCCI will however retain the hosting rights of the forthcoming T20I world cup. Tentatively the event may start around 17 October ( though date of start not yet finalised). The qualifying rounds will be held in Muscat. Which will provide time for UAE to get the pitches ready after IPL is over by 15 October.