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BCCI to discuss the hosting of the T20 World Cup on May 29

May 19, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) on May 29 to discuss the upcoming cricket season in India. It would include discussions about the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in October-November.

India was supposed to host the World Cup this season but doubts have started creeping in about its chances. The IPL 2021 being held in India had to be canceled earlier this year with the surge of Covid-19 cases inside the bio bubble. The BCCI SGM would take place a few days before the International Cricket Council meeting on the 1st of June. The cricketing body meeting is likely to decide on the conduct of the T20 World Cup. India has been battling a severe fight against the second wave of Covid-19. Near 3 lakhs of new cases and 4000 deaths are being registered per day.

It has been reported that UAE has emerged as a backup venue for the T20 World Cup. Last year UAE had successfully hosted the IPL 2020 and was a backup venue for this year as well. BCCI had decided to go ahead with the IPL 2021 in India. The first half of Indian Premier League 2021 had gone off without any trouble. The tournament still had to be suspended indefinitely after the surge of covid-19 cases inside the bio bubble.

Last month, nine venues had been shortlisted for the T20 World Cup

The venues included Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Dharamshala, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. It was repeatedly discussed that preparation for the event should continue with an eye on the Covid-19 situation. A call to back out or any change shall be taken closer to the event. It is too early to imagine what can or will happen in October-November. But preparation for the showpiece event would not stop as of now. Any further decision would base on the covid situation near the time of the event.

Apart from the discussion on the T20 World Cup, BCCI would also discuss other formats of cricket. The meeting would include a discussion over women’s cricket and domestic cricket.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth