DELHI, NEW DELHI: Due to health safety concerns raised by COVID-19, the T20 World Cup slated to be held in India has been changed to the UAE, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told PTI on Monday, putting an end to weeks of suspense surrounding the mega-event in October-November.
“We have officially informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) that the T20 World Cup might be moved to the United Arab Emirates. The specifics are being worked out “According to Ganguly.
“The decision was made with all stakeholders’ health and safety concerns in mind,” he continued.
The BCCI, on the other hand, will continue to host the event.
When asked if the start date of the competition has been set, Ganguly replied: “In a few days, we’ll be able to finalise the itinerary specifics. The start date of October 17 has yet to be determined.”
A representative for the ICC also revealed that the international body had yet to settle on a definite timeline.
The ICC had given the BCCI a four-week window to decide and advise the ICC whether India could host the marquee tournament because to the COVID-19 scenario in the nation at the start of the month.
On May 4, PTI was the first to disclose that the tournament would be moved to the United Arab Emirates.
This came after the epidemic forced the postponing of the IPL, which will be staged in the UAE again in September and October.
With so many layers of health security issues, it seemed a foregone conclusion that India would struggle to organise a 16-country tournament spanning nine cities.
The ICC had already begun planning and logistics for the tournament, which will take place in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.
The qualifying round might be hosted in Muscat, giving the pitches in the UAE plenty cricket time to recover after the remaining 31 IPL games till October 15.
Given the growing fears about a probable third wave of COVID-19 infection around the time the IPL was moved to the UAE, it was a foregone conclusion that the T20 World Cup would follow suit.
In April-May, India was decimated by the second wave, with a lack of crucial medical supplies adding to the horror that unfolded with over 4 lakh daily cases at its peak.
“How could the BCCI have hosted World T20 in less than a month if it couldn’t host an eight-team IPL in September?” In addition, we now have a new version (Delta 3) and a third wave in the country is possible in October.