After overcoming all the hurdles to conduct IPL successfully, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah have set their sights on the T20 World Cup scheduled to be hosted in India next year.
The thirteenth edition of the IPL concluded earlier this week in the UAE. There were huge questions marks over the tournament in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. But under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership, the BCCI overcame all the odds to successfully conduct the tournament in the UAE.
The Indian cricket board has now set its sight on the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup. The 16-team tournament 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.
And it looks like the BCCI has already started planning for it. Sourav Ganguly, on Thursday, took to Twitter to post photos of himself and Shah posing alongside the T20 World Cup trophy and wrote: “It’s time for India in 21.. ICC T20 World Cup.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 12, 2020
Earlier this week, the former India skipper had said that hosting the prestigious event is a matter of ‘great honour’ for India.
“It is a matter of great honour for us to be hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in an ICC press release.
“India has successfully staged several global events since the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 1987and I am sure cricketers from around the world would be excited at the prospect of playing in our cricket loving country.
“I have enjoyed being part of ICC events as a player and know from experience that nothing beats the buzzing atmosphere of a global cricket event with millions around the world watching every game. I now look forward to playing my part as an administrator as we prepare to host the prestigious event,” he added.
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