The upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 will be played in the UAE and Oman from October 17- November 14. Though the tournament is being hosted in the two desert nations, the hosting rights are still with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as India is the rightful host of the tournament. However, Pakistan has decided to write the T20 World cup UAE 2021 on their jersey instead of ‘India 2021’.
The T20 World Cup 2021 was supposed to be hosted in India, but the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to move the tournament to the backup venues UAE and then added Oman as a co-host as well.
The teams are unveiling their special jerseys for the mega event which India is hosting. However, controversy can occur as a photo of Pakistan’s jersey for the T20 World Cup 2021 was leaked which showed T20 World Cup 2021 UAE written on it, instead of ‘ICC Men’s T20 World Cup India 2021’, as per rules.
This might anger the BCCI and the ICC as rules state that on the top right of the jersey, all the teams need to mention the name of the ICC event and also the hosts, which are India.
Pakistani T20 World Cup Jersey Shows ‘ICC Men’s T20 World Cup UAE 2021’
Accordingly, ‘ICC Men’s T20 World Cup India 2021’ has to be written on the jersey. India is the official host of the tournament though the event is being played in the UAE and Oman.
However, Pakistan has written ‘ICC Men’s T20 World Cup UAE 2021’ on their jersey which is likely to spark a controversy now. In the picture which has gone viral on social media, the Pakistan skipper Babar Azam can be seen wearing the team’s jersey for the event where UAE is mentioned as the host.
PCB is yet to unveil the jersey officially and it remains to be seen if the ICC or BCCI ask them to make any changes to it.
India and Pakistan do not play bilateral cricket due to political tensions between the two nations. Pakistan had earlier made a huge hue and cry when it asked the BCCI to confirm whether their players will get a visa to come to India for the T20 World Cup when India was the venue for the tournament.
The two sides are slated to clash on October 24, 2021, in Dubai in both of their first matches in the tournament. India has never lost to Pakistan in World Cup tournaments whether the 20-over ones or the 50-over ones.