BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is confident that India will host the best-ever T20 World Cup later this year. Amid the rise in the COVID-19 pandemic, BCCI has taken a lot of efforts to host IPL 2021 with precautions. There has been a rise in covid-19 cases in the last few weeks due to which some Indian states have also imposed partial lockdowns and night curfews.
BCCI will be busy conducting IPL 2021 matches in the month of April and May 2021. Post that, India will also host the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in October and November. Since foreign teams will also arrive in India for the tournament, BCCI will have to ensure the safety of players during the tournament.
Hopeful That We Get Back to Normalcy In Coming Seasons: Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly sent an invitation letter to all presidents and secretaries of the state cricket associations to attend the IPL 2021 opening match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians in Chennai. In the letter, former Indian captain Ganguly mentioned that he is hopeful that in the coming season situations will get back to normalcy and India will host the best-ever ICC T20 World Cup.
“I am hopeful that in the coming season, we will be able to get back to normalcy and have the full domestic season and host the best-ever ICC T20 World Cup. All the international and domestic players deserve immense credit for staying in a bio-secure environment for such a long period of time and yet delivering such high quality and wonderful cricket,” Sourav Ganguly wrote in the letter.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was originally scheduled to be played last year in Australia. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament was postponed. ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is the 7th edition of the tournament. West Indies are the defending champions as they defeated England by 4 wickets in the final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016.
Due to Covid-19 concerns, BCCI has taken several measures in IPL 2021. The matches will be played under closed doors and spectators will not be allowed inside the stadium.
There are only six venues that will host IPL 2021 matches and each team will travel only three times during the group stages. All the playoff matches will be played at only one venue which is Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmadabad.