This year’s T20 World Cup is planned to be moved from India to the UAE with the BCCI considering the fact that none of the participating teams would be “comfortable” coming to India in such conditions.
While a final decision will be taken in a month’s time, it is understood that the BCCI is worried about conducting the 16 team World Cup in October-November after the IPL 2021 had to be suspended because of excess COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble.
The BCCI is planning to shift the T20 World Cup to the UAE!
According to the sources, the BCCI Officials had discussions with top officials in the central government & a shift to UAE has been more probably on cards. The dates of the T20 World CUP which was scheduled across nine venues in India have not been finalized yet.
“The suspension of IPL within four weeks is an indicator that it’s not really safe to host a global event of that magnitude at a time when the country is fighting its worst health crisis in last 70 years,” a senior BCCI source privy to development said on conditions of anonymity.
“You can be assured that most of the top nations wouldn’t like to tour India within the next six months unless the situation comes to normalcy. The players & their families would not be willing to travel if they are in the middle of another surge. So expect BCCI to agree with shift of tournament to UAE,” another source added.
“The IPL in India was a platform to prove to the world as well as participating nations that it is safe to host a tournament even when the second wave is hitting its peak.
“It was going well but the bio bubble has now become porous. What’s the guarantee it won’t happen again in October-November. Nations like Australia, England and New Zealand are almost certain to have travel advisories in place,” he argued.
Conducting T20 World Cup in the UAE will reduce the scare of COVID-19, say sources!
One of the main reason of shifting the T20 World Cup in the UAE is that it can be kept to three grounds i.e. Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and there is no air travel.
“Conducting IPL in six venues was always a dangerous thing when they successfully managed to conduct the IPL in three venues during the last season”, the source said.
“In UAE, all of them were in one bubble from start to finish while here each team was travelling to three bubbles. Most of the positive cases emerged after bubble travel. Therefore even if you reduce the number of venues from 9 to 5 in October, still there will be air travel involve which is not the condition in UAE. Also for players, they would not be mentally in a space to play in India unless the situation drastically improves,” he added.
There would be an ICC meeting to be conducted in June where a final call will be taken but conducting the T20 World Cup in India after the cancellation of IPL seems impossible at this point.