Covid-19 has snatched the hosting of the T20 World Cup from India. Due to Corona, the BCCI has decided to organize the T20 World Cup in the UAE instead of India. BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that he is going to inform the ICC about this soon. However, no decision has been taken regarding the dates yet.
The ICC earlier this month gave the BCCI four weeks to decide whether India can host the event in view of the COVID-19 situation.
The matches of the second leg of IPL-14 are to be held in UAE from 19 September to 15 October. It is believed that the T20 World Cup will be organized from October 17, just two days after the end of the IPL. By the way, the final decision regarding the schedule of the T20 World Cup is to be taken by the ICC.
According to the report, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai will host the matches of the T20 World Cup in the UAE. At the same time, the matches of Round 1 will be conducted in Oman. Last year due to the Corona epidemic, the ICC postponed the proposed 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia. Later the ICC had decided that the 2021 edition would be played in India, while the 2022 edition would be played in Australia.
In Round 1, 12 matches will be played between eight teams, out of which four (top two from each group) will qualify for Super-12. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea will play in this round. Out of which four teams will join the top eight ranked T20 International teams and reach the Super 12.
At the same time, there will be a total of 30 matches in Super-12, which will start from October 24. Here 12 teams will be divided into two groups. All the matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. After this two semi-finals and final matches will be played.
Keeping everyone’s health in mind, this decision has been taken amidst fears of a third wave. BCCI wanted to host the T20 World Cup in India, but some other issues also came in the way. It is learned that the board will not get tax exemption from the Government of India. At the same time, the BCCI feared that international players would not want to come to India after the suspension of the IPL due to the corona virus in the bio-bubble.