BCCI Secretary Jay Shah confirms that the 2021 T20 World Cup will take place in the United Arab Emirates itself. Jay Shah had already hinted that they could shift the T20 World Cup to the UAE due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India. He revealed they would notify the ICC today about the same.
The BCCI had to postpone IPL 2021 indefinitely in the first week of May after 29 matches since four franchises reported a handful of COVID-19 positive cases. While India remained in the mix for the IPL 2021 to resume, the board, in their Special General Meeting (SGM), decided to move the proceedings due to the monsoons in the sub-continent nation around September-October.
“We will inform ICC today that we are shifting the T20 World Cup to the UAE. The dates of the tournament, the ICC needs to decide,” Shah told ANI. While Shah asserted that ICC will determine the dates of the event, it is likely to get underway on the 14th of October. On the other hand, the final will occur on the 17th of November. It would be after the second leg of IPL 2021, which will probably kickstart on the 19th of September, with the final set for 15th of October.
BCCI to retain the hosting rights despite UAE staging the tournament:
Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had revealed that India will maintain the hosting rights even if the tournament moves to the UAE. Hence, it would continue to happen. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of the pitch remains in doubt as IPL will host its games before the T20 World Cup.