ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to be shifted to UAE: Sourav Ganguly – Report

ICC T20 World Cup 2021: The decision comes after the ICC had given the BCCI a four-week window, at the start of the month, to decide and inform whether India could host the marquee event.

It’s anything but official now that the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, due to be held in India later this year, will be moved to the United Arab Emirates due to the current Covid-19 situation in the country. The Chairman of the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly, informed the PTI news agency that the board of directors had already informed the International Cricket Coucil (ICC) of the possibility.

“We have officially informed the ICC that the T20 World Cup can be transferred to the United Arab Emirates. Details are being worked out,” Ganguly said, as quoted by PTI.

The move comes after the ICC gave the BCCI a four-week window earlier this month to decide and advise whether India could host the flagship event given the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The change comes just months after the BCCI decided to reschedule the remainder of IPL 2021 in the UAE. The tournament had previously been postponed indefinitely in early May after the bio bubble burst from several franchises and players and staff tested positive for Covid-19 during the devastating second wave in India.

The ICC had to cancel the T20 World Cup last year, which was scheduled to take place in Australia, due to the Covid-19 situation. The window was given to BCCI, which had successfully hosted the IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates.

The emergence of the UAE as a safe destination to host cricket events was further strengthened when the PCB successfully wrapped up the remainder of the PSL season a few days ago.

(With PTI inputs)

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