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It’s going to be very difficult to play T20 World Cup in India: Michael Hussey

By Bet Barter

May 20, 2021

Former Australian batsman claimed that hosting the T20 World Cup in India will be very difficult for Australia. After the postponement of IPL 2021, the entire Australian contingent traveled to the Maldives due to a travel ban from India to Australia. Thirty-eight members of the Australian delegation were staying in the Maldives. All the members reached Sydney on Monday. CSK batting coach Michael Hussey, who had tested positive for Covid-19 in India, has also reached Australia.

BCCI to conduct Special General Meeting on May 29

Several queries are rising over the venue of the T20 World Cup in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. Due to this, the Indian cricket board has called for a Special General Meeting on May 29. The officials will discuss the upcoming cricket season in India, including the World Cup venue. The ICC is anticipated to take a call depending on the Covid-19 situation in India, which is severe currently. According to sources, the UAE has emerged as the backup venue for the event after the IPL had to be suspended midway following multiple COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble.

In its Apex Council meeting last month, the BCCI had selected nine venues for the T20 World Cup. The venues were Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Dharamshala, Lucknow and Mumbai. The T20 World Cup this year will see the entry of four new locations Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Chennai and Hyderabad. These four locations had not hosted the games in the 2016 season of the T20 World Cup held in India. According to various reports, UAE has been kept on hold. 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 taking part 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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