T20 world cup to be moved from India to UAE. An official from the Indian Cricket Committee told AFP on Monday that the Twenty20 World Cup will be relocated from India to the United Arab Emirates due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indian Cricket Control Authority (BCCI) told the International Cricket Council, the world organization of the sport, that it has decided to hold the event in the UAE in October and November.
“We spoke to the ICC about the decision to move the World Cup to the UAE. With the Covid situation unclear and travel restrictions remaining, we had no choice,” said BCCI’s Treasurer Arun Dhumal.
“The date will be about the same and we will work out the details soon.”
Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in India, the ICC has set a deadline for BCCI at the end of June to determine which country will host T20’s showpiece event. BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla said the qualifiers could take place in Oman and the rest of the matches will be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah in three UAE locations.
BCCI has relocated the Indian Premier League to the UAE, which was suspended in September-October after the T20 tournament was suspended on May 4th because many players and team officials were infected with Covid.
The UAE has been a favorite for cricket with the completion of the Pakistani Super League in the Gulf States last week. The IPL was also held in UAE last year. The pandemic disrupted the world cricket calendar last year, and even after matches resumed in July 2020, players were confined to strict bio bubble and containment protocols.
Meanwhile, the ICC has postponed the T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020. India has been nominated for hosting rights in 2021 and Australia as host for 2022.
India, home to a population of 1.3 billion, has eased some lockdown restrictions in recent weeks due to a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections and deaths that occurred in April and May. But health officials are concerned that a new wave will sweep across the United States, the second most infected country in the world after the United States later this year.