The BCCI has created a Plan B in case if the ongoing COVID-19 crisis forces the upcoming T20 World Cup to be shifted outside India.
BCCI’s General Manager of Game Development Dheeraj Malhotra said that the Indian Cricket Board is considering UAE as an alternate option if the COVID-19 situation doesn’t improve in the country. “I have been named as one of the tournament directors, so I am doing everything we can to make sure that the World cup happens in India itself. We will be considering the normal scenario, COVID-19 scenario & worst-case scenario. So with all that we are talking to the ICC at the current moment”, Dheeraj Malhotra was quoted as saying in the BCC Stumped Podcast.
Speaking on the possibility of an alternate venue that the BCCI has in mind if the tournament is to be shifted outside India, Dheeraj Malhotra said that in such case T20 World Cup will then be held in the UAE. “It would be the UAE. We’re hoping again that it would be done by the BCCI. So, we’ll take the tournament there, but it’ll still be done by the BCCI”, said Malhotra.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in India later this year. Last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the T20 World Cup was postponed. And the ICC announced that the postponed World Cup will be conducted in 2022. Last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in India, IPL 2020 was also held in the UAE last year after the postponement of the T20 World Cup.
On Thursday, Rajasthan Royals & Delhi Capitals also donated funds to support COVID-19 relief work in the country. Cricketers like Pat Cummins, Brett Lee, Sachin Tendulkar & Nicholas Pooran have also provided financial assistance to help India with the purchase of oxygen supply.