The venue of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 has been officially shifted to the United Arab Emirates, the International Cricket Council confirmed the same on Tuesday.
The 7th edition of the T20 World Cup was originally scheduled to take place in India. But the volatile nature of the Covid situation in the country has forced the BCCI to shift it to the Emirates.
India, however, will continue to remain the host.
The T20 World Cup will be staged at four venues- Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Dubai International Stadium, Sharjah Stadium and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.
The T20 World Cup will kick start on October 17 with the qualifying round where eight teams including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will take part alongside several associate nations like Oman, PNG, Namibia.
The top-2 teams from each group will then join the top-8 ranked teams for the Super-12s. India is placed in Group-2 alongside England, South Africa, and Afghanistan. The table-topper from Group B- Bangladesh, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia- and the second-placed team from Group A- Sri Lanka, PNG, Oman, Ireland- will join them after the qualifying round.
The 2nd group in the Super-12s consists of defending champions West Indies, 2009 champions Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand and they will be joined by the Group A table-topper and the second-placed team in Group B.
The final of the T20 World Cup will take place on November 14.
”Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full and in its current window. Whilst we are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, the decision gives us the certainty we need to stage the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in a bio-secure environment, said acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice.
”We will work closely with the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board and Oman Cricket to ensure fans can enjoy a wonderful celebration of cricket.”
“The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament in UAE and Oman. We would have been happier hosting it in India but considering the uncertainty due to the Covid 19 situation and the importance of a world championship, the BCCI will now continue to host this tournament in UAE and Oman. The BCCI is looking forward to creating a spectacle.” said BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.