The BCCI Officials will be visiting Oman & Dubai on July 16 & 17 to inspect grounds & to discuss important matters regarding the T20 World Cup 2021.
The ICC has already confirmed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be hosted in the UAE & Oman due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in India. The BCCI will remain the hosts of the T20 World Cup 2021 which will be held in Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium & the Oman Cricket Academy Ground from October 17 to November 14. “We are going to Oman tomorrow, we will be visiting the venue & also will discuss the travel plan of teams as Qualifiers are to be held there, the day after tomorrow will be in Dubai to have a meeting with ICC. ECB Officials will also be there. We don’t want to leave any stone unturned due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, That’s why everything will be taken care of. Bio-bubble, training, accommodation is some issues that need to be discussed. We will also discuss whether media will be allowed or not”, the source added.
The first round of the T20 World Cup comprises eight qualifying teams that will be split between Oman & Dubai. Four of these teams will then progress to Super 12s where they will join the eight already qualified teams. The T20 World Cup 2021 will be the first men’s T20 World cup played since 2016 when West Indies beat England in the finals held in India. The eight teams that are competing in the preliminary stage are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman & Papua New Guinea. Out of these eight teams, four teams will move to the Super 12s where they will join the already eight qualified teams before the playoffs stage & the finals on November 14.
“Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full & in its current window”, said acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice in a release. We are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, the decision gives ys 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 closely work with the BCCI, the ECB & Oman Cricket to ensure fans can enjoy a wonderful celebration of cricket”, Allice added in his statement.