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BCCI seeks more time from ICC to take a call on hosting T20 World Cup

May 29, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has requested more time from the ICC to take the right call on hosting the T20 World Cup. BCCI’s decision to seek an extension was taken at the Special General Meeting (SGM). The BCCI has also decided that the remaining games of the IPL 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September-October.

The Apex Council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India had selected nine venues to host the upcoming T20 World Cup. Nine outlets - Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamshala, Ahmedabad and Lucknow, have reportedly been confirmed by the BCCI. As a result, the T20 World Cup this year will see the entry of three new locations Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Chennai and Hyderabad.

ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021: BCCI

While the T20 World Cup is still uncertain, the Indian cricket board has found a window to stage the remaining matches of the 14th season of the IPL in the UAE. The BCCI members, at its SGM, decided to resume the league in the UAE, considering the monsoon situation in India in the months of September-October.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is going to be the seventh edition of the tournament. West Indies are the defending champions as they conquered England by four wickets in the final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016. All the teams will announce their respective squads one month before the competition. According to various reports, UAE has been kept on standby. Thus, if required, the world cup to be shifted out of India. However, in that case, the hosting rights of the event will continue to remain with the BCCI.

The International Cricket Council is also planning to expand the ICC T20 World Cup to 20 teams. For the last few years, the cricket council has consistently been cutting down the number of teams participating in the mega event. For example, 16 teams played in the 2007 World Cup. The number was then cut down to 14 in 2011 and 2015. In the 2019 season of the tournament, just 10 teams participated in the mega event.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh