BCCI Proposes Nine Venues for Men’s T20 World Cup
Nine venues for the men’s T20 World Cup to be held in India in 2021 have been proposed to the ICC by the BCCI. The venues shortlisted by the Apex Council of the BCCI include Mumbai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. The council held a virtual meeting to decide the list for submission to the ICC. The global tournaments are run by the ICC which will factor the Covid-19 situation in India while deciding on the final venues.
Pandemic Could Delay ICC Plan to Send Recce Team to India
The T20 World Cup which will feature 16 teams will be held in October and November this year. The final, scheduled for November 13, is expected to be held in Ahmedabad. Though the ICC is said to have recced a few venues, the main challenge faced by cricket’s governing body is in despatching experts to India at a time when a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit India. The ICC is reportedly planning to send a team to India on April 26. But the pandemic could force the ICC to defer its plan.
Some Full Members Want T20 World Cup Shifted to Australia
A BCCI insider has been quoted as saying that nobody should construe it as “a cause for concern,” adding that “the BCCI hopes that the ICC annual conference in June will erase all the doubts”. Reservations about holding the event in India have reportedly been expressed by a few full members of the ICC. They are said to favour Australia as the alternate host.
ICC Maintains Close Watch on IPL 2021
Different plans are said to have been discussed by the BCCI and the ICC, given that the plans to stage the T20 World Cup at different venues could prove to be a complex challenge. The ICC is reportedly keeping a close watch of the IPL 2021 that is being conducted on a caravan model by the BCCI, in which eight teams have been split across two centres at a time.
UAE, Sri Lanka Named as Backup Venues
Two weeks ago, the ICC’s interim CEO Geoff Allardice announced that the T20 World Cup would be held in India as planned. He also revealed that the ICC had backup plans in case India was unable to stage the competition. He named the UAE and Sri Lanka as backup venues.
BCCI Confident on Hosting T20 World Cup as Planned
The BCCI is reportedly confident that the T20 World Cup will be held in India as scheduled. The confidence stems from the belief that by the time the competition is hosted, a large percentage of Indian adults will have been vaccinated. The Indian government has since announced that from 1 May every adult over the age of 18 would be eligible for a vaccination.
Australia Given Rights to Host World Cup in 2022
The T20 World Cup was originally scheduled to be hosted by Australia in 2020. As things transpired, the event was postponed by the ICC in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that affected global travel and normal life in 2020. The rights to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 continued to be retained by India, while Australia was given the right to host the competition in 2022.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to tour England for the white-ball series to be played between 23 June and 4 July. But the Sri Lanka squad will be without their star all-rounder Angelo Mathews whose wife is reportedly pregnant with their third child. The all-rounder has opted out of the England tour owing to paternity leave. […]
Pakistan are scheduled to tour England between 8 and 20 July to play three ODIs and three T20Is. Subsequently, they will tour West Indies to play five T20Is and two Tests. Azam Khan, a hard-hitting batsman who represents Quetta Gladiators in the PSL, has been named for the T20 series versus West Indies and England. […]
The ICC is reported to be keen to shift the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup to the UAE. International cricket’s governing body is also reportedly looking at a third venue, Oman, that could co-host the competition if the ICC decides not to host it in India. BCCI Given Time Until 28 June to Decide The […]
Originally scheduled to play three T20Is on their tour of Bangladesh in August, Cricket Australia have consented to play two additional T20I games. The amended schedule was revealed by Akram Khan, BCB’s cricket operations chairman. The former Bangladesh skipper added that the schedule for Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe in June would also be amended. Bangladesh […]
With packed schedules ahead of the four major Asian teams until the end of 2021, the Asian Cricket Council has decided to put off the Asia Cup which was to take place in 2021. Sri Lanka was to host the tournament in mid-2021 after the competition had been postponed from 2020. According to a statement […]
The fate of the T20 World Cup will be decided at an executive board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 1 June. Speculation that the competition may be shifted to the UAE has been rife in recent days, in the wake of a spate of Covid-19 cases in India where the pandemic is […]