With less than a year remaining before the ICC T20 World Cup gets underway in India in 2021, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started the preparations for the same. India was confirmed as the tournament’s host earlier this year following the postponement of the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia had been due to stage the T20 World Cup this year, but has instead been awarded the 2022 competition. According to report, the BCCI has already zeroed in on the venues for the marquee event next year. A report in the Indian Express states that BCCI has picked Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mohali, Dharamsala, Kolkata and Mumbai to host the matches during the T20 World Cup.
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The report also stated that the BCCI’s venue selection has not gone down well with some member associations. They expect a wider distribution and are likely to raise the issue at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) set to happen on December 24.
“It’s a matter of pride for every centre to host World Cup matches. We have high-class stadiums and top facilities and we want the BCCI to consider our case as well. We are OK with the bigger centres hosting India matches. But at least give us some games. We will raise the issue at the AGM,” President of West Zone State Association said according to Indian Express.
A total of 16 teams will participate in 2021 ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled for October-November next year. As of now, the tournament is scheduled to be played on time. Apart from Test-playing nations Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies, the tournament will also feature its newest qualified member Papua New Guinea besides Namibia, Netherlands, Oman and Scotland.