T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in UAE and not in India
The BCCI recently announced the shift of T20 World cup 2021 to be held in UAE instead of India by looking at the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country. The BCCI will remain the hosts of this awaited event, according to the media reports.
The information was shared by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in an email to the members, saying that, "the decision had been taken after several rounds of discussions internally".
According to the reports, "It was not an easy decision and we mulled over it for months, constantly keeping an eye on the Covid-19 situation all along. However, with the second wave causing such devastation, the decision ultimately boiled down to the safety and well-being of the players and organisers,” Ganguly wrote.
The schedule is not yet finalised by the Council but reports say that the first round of the T20 World Cup will be split across two groups and played in the UAE and Oman.
It was earlier scheduled to be held in India in September 2020 but was rescheduled for this year amid the pandemic.
The media reports also state that the World Cup will start from October 17,2021, just two days after the Indian Premier League (IPL) final.