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BCCI to retain the hosting rights even if the 2021 T20 World Cup moves to UAE

April 30, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The T20 World Cup is scheduled in India between October 18 and November 15. The competition might be moved to the United Arab Emirates if the Covid-19 situation in the country does not improve. Even though BCCI hasn't given up hopes of hosting it, taking the Cup to the UAE is the contingency plan. It can also not be swapped with Australia as they are going to host the 2022 T20 World Cup.

The Apex Council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has 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. The T20 World Cup this year will see the entry of three new locations Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Chennai, and Hyderabad. These four venues had not hosted the games in the 2016 edition of the T20 World Cup held in India. According to several sources, the final of the T20 World Cup 2021 will be held at the newly constructed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The 2021 T20 World Cup will be a 16-team competition

Considering the Covid times, it remains to be seen if the ICC spreads the event across nine venues as it would require frequent travel and setting up bio-bubbles. Moreover, the International Cricket Council also stated that lesser venues would be more cost-effective during the Covid times. They further added that teams, too, might not be preferring constant travel before matches. It is also known that the governing body will also present a Plan B to the ICC if the coronavirus situation doesn't improve in India. Plan B is likely to involve keeping the venues to not more than four. However, this will be decided at a later stage.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is 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. The T20 World Cup this year will be a 16-team affair. All the teams will announce their respective squads one month before the competition. There are four grounds in the UAE where international games can be hosted. If the need arises, then that option will also be activated. The eight-team IPL was also successfully staged in the UAE last year.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh