On Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah informed that due to the COVID-19 crisis in India, the board is likely to move the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to UAE.
“Due to the COVID-19 situation in our country, we may shift the tournament to UAE. We are monitoring the situation closely. The health and safety of players are paramount, we will take a final call soon,” Jay Shah was quoted as saying by ANI.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is set to roll out on October 17 in the UAE, with the final for the 16-team tournament scheduled for November 14.
The remainder of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to be completed in UAE between September 19-October 15.
It is understood that the T20 World Cup will get underway just s few days post the completion of the IPL 14 in UAE. However, BCCI is yet to write an official letter to the ICC about shifting the T20 World Cup to the UAE. Although the board has already started the planning of organizing the tournament in the Emirates.
As per the current plan, the first round of the T20 World Cup will be split across two groups and will take place in the UAE and Oman.
Round 1 will comprise eight teams from which four (top two from each group) would qualify for the Super 12s. This will include 12 matches. The eight teams are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea. Four teams out of this lot will then progress to the Super 12s, and join the top eight ranked T20I teams.
The Super 12s phase that is scheduled to commence on October 24, comprises 30 matches. In this phase, the teams will be split across two groups of six each. The matches will be played at three venues in the UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. This will be followed by three playoff games – the two semi-finals and the final.
Earlier this month, the BCCI held a meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to discuss the schedule and venues for the Men’s T20 World Cup.