The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Tuesday that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will take place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, with the tournament set to run from 17 October to 14 November.
The tournament was previously set to be hosted in India, but in light of the COVID-19 crisis in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) proposed ICC to shift the marquee event to UAE.
On Earlier this month, the ICC had given the BCCI time till June 28 to inform whether it is in a position to host the 16-team tournament in India. On Saturday, the BCCI 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. However, the board has retained the hosting rights for the tournament.
As per the current plan, the first round of the T20 World Cup will be split across two groups. The first round of the tournament, comprising the eight qualifying teams, will now be split between Oman and UAE. The top two from each group would qualify for the Super 12s. This will include 12 matches.
The eight teams of that will play the preliminary stage include- Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea.
The tournament will be held across four venues – Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be staged for the first time since 2016, which saw West Indies beat England in the final.
“The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament in UAE and Oman,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said.
Acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said, “Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full and in its current window. Whilst we are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, the decision gives us the certainty we need to stage the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in a bio-secure environment. We will work closely with the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board and Oman Cricket to ensure fans can enjoy a wonderful celebration of cricket.”
BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah, said, “The BCCI made every effort to stage the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in India and provide its passionate fans with a reason to cheer after a long period of gloom. However, the prevailing pandemic situation in the country meant that the health and safety of everyone concerned was fraught with risk should a tournament of this stature are held across the country. The BCCI will continue to host the tournament, which will now be held in the UAE and Oman and work closely with the ICC to make it a memorable event.”