The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials are set to leave for Dubai and Oman on 16th and 17th July in a bid to inspect the grounds ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The perennial tournament was earlier scheduled to be held in India, however, owing to a spike in the case of Covid-19, the tournament moved to UAE and Oman. BCCI, though, will remain as the host of the tournament.
As reported earlier, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be held between October 17 and November 14 in four stadiums, namely Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.
“We are going to Oman tomorrow, we will be visiting the venue and also will discuss the travel plan of teams as Qualifiers are to be held there, the day after tomorrow will be in Dubai to have a meeting with ICC. ECB officials will also be there,” a source in the know of the details confirmed.
“We do not want to leave any stone unturned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s why everything will be taken care of. Bio bubble, training, accommodation are some issues that need to be discussed. We Will also discuss whether media will be allowed or not,” the source added.
The first round of the tournament will see eight qualifying teams getting split between Oman and UAE. The top four teams will then advance to the super 12 round, where they will meet the eight automatically qualifying teams.
The eight teams competing in the first round are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea. The final of the T20 World Cup will be played on November 14.