The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought more time from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take an ‘appropriate decision as far as hosting the upcoming T20 World Cup is concerned.
The decision was taken by the BCCI during is ‘Special General Meeting’ that took place virtually on Saturday where it was also decided that the remaining matches of IPL 2021 will take place in the UAE in mid-September.
“The BCCI SGM further authorized the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the BCCI said in its press release.
While the BCCI has decided to stage the remainder of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates, it has made it clear that the move is influenced by the monsoon season in India in the months of July, August, and September and not because of the C0vid situation in the country.
BCCI claiming it’s the monsoon season behind moving the IPL to the UAE. Not COVID, the monsoon season. pic.twitter.com/HfC8e79sPT
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The 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup is originally scheduled to take place in India in the month of October and November but with the country grappling with the second wave of Covid and the IPL getting suspended due to multiple covid cases across four different franchises, significant question marks have been posed towards the viability of staging the marquee event in the country.
Last month, the BCCI had picked as many as nine venues- New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow- to stage the quadrennial event with the final scheduled to take place at the world’s largest stadium in Ahmedabad.
However, even if the tournament ends up taking place in India, it is near impossible that such a number of venues will be used to host the event.
The BCCI will convey its decision to the ICC when the global governing body meets in the first week of June.
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