The International Cricket Council has moved the Twenty20 World Cup from India to the United Arab Emirates and Oman due to the pandemic.
India will continue to host the event scheduled for October 17 to November 14, the ICC said in a statement.
The world governing body gave India until Monday to finalize the site after its inspection team had to cancel the trip to India in April due to an increase in coronavirus cases. India continues to be affected by the virus.
The tournament was originally scheduled for Australia last year but was delayed until this year due to the pandemic and handed over to India. But India’s ability to host was called into question in May when the Indian Premier League was postponed after several players tested positive for the coronavirus.
“The venue for the ICC 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup has been moved to the United Arab Emirates and Oman, and the tournament will run from October 17 to November 14,” the ICC statement read.
“The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in India, but had to be changed, given the consequences of the second wave of Covid-19 in the country.
“BCCI will continue to host the event, which will now take place at four venues: Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Stadium and the Oman Cricket Academy Grounds.”
The first round of the tournament will see Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman and Papua New Guinea contest four places in the Super 12 stage, as the eight highest-ranked nations enter.
ICC Acting Executive Director Geoff Allardice said the priority was to offer a safe tournament in its entirety.
“While we are incredibly disappointed not to host the event in India, the decision gives us certainty that we need to host the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in a biosecure environment,” said Allardice.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is the president of BCCI, said he was looking forward to hosting the tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
“We would have been happier to host it in India, but considering the uncertainty due to the Covid-19 situation and the importance of a world championship, BCCI will continue to host this tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The BCCI hopes to create a show. “
The West Indies are the defending champions of the world after beating England in 2016. Australia never won the tournament; the best result was a second place in 2010 after going to England.
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