The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has stamped authority over speculations that the T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to be held in India, will be staged in the UAE.
Earlier, there were concerns by the ICC on staging the showpiece event in India, which is expected to witness the third wave of Covid-19 after August.
“We will inform ICC today that we are shifting the T20 World Cup to UAE. The dates of the tournament, the ICC needs to decide,” the BCCI Secretary was quoted as saying by ANI.
Even if the tournament gets shifted, the ICC had clarified that BCCI would keep the hosting rights of the event.
Meanwhile, the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL)’s 14th edition will also be completed in the UAE on October 15 and it is most likely that the World Cup will begin two days later.
Earlier in May, even the IPL 2021 was also forced to be stopped midway due to bio-bubble breach as several players and members had tested postive for the virus and keeping that in mind, the BCCI didn’t took a risk by hosting the World Cup in India.