T20 World Cup 2021: Safety of Players & other stakeholders is of paramount importance, says Sourav Ganguly

T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in the UAE
T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in the UAE

The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Monday said that the safety of players & other stakeholders is of paramount importance & considering that it was decided to shift the T20 World Cup 2021 to the UAE.

“We wanted to apprise you that we have discussed this issue with the ICC & have had several rounds of discussions internally”, Ganguly said in a letter to all the members of the BCCI. “After much deliberation, it has been decided that safety of players & stakeholders is of paramount importance & keeping in that mind, it is best that we shift the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to the UAE & Oman”, added Ganguly.

“Although vaccination in the country is going at a breakneck speed, there are still reports of a third wave & different variants which we cannot ignore. There is nothing more that we could have wanted than to host this prestigious tournament in India, but it was not to be”, Ganguly explained.

Earlier the ICC had clarified that the BCCI would continue to have the hosting rights of the T20 World Cup 2021 even if it is staged out of India. Sourav Ganguly confirmed that the BCCI remains the host for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 & with the board’s prior experience of hosting IPL in the UAE, Ganguly is confident of staging the mega event smoothly without any hindrance.

Ganguly also assured the fans that the BCCI will leave no stones unturned to make the World Cup 2021 a successful event. He thanked the fans for supporting the Board & urged them to extend their support on this issue as well. Meanwhile, the BCCI confirmed that the IPL 2021 remaining matches will be held in the UAE. The IPL 2021 is slated to resume on September 19 & the final to be played on October 15.

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