The T20 World Cup 2021 has been officially moved to the UAE & Oman from India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Cup will be played from October 17 to November 14, the ICC stated in its official statement on Tuesday.
The ICC issued a statement just a day after the BCCI intimated to the ICC that the event can be moved out of India. “The BCCI will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held in Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, from 17 October to 14 November 2021,” the ICC stated.
The first round of the World Cup comprising eight qualifying teams will be split between Oman & UAE. Four of these teams will then move ahead to the Super 12s round where they will join the already eight 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 final which was held in India.
The eight teams which will compete to qualify in the preliminary stage are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea, before the play-off stage and the Final on November 14.
“Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full and in its current window,” said acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice. C
“…the decision gives us 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“, added ICC in its statement.
“We will work closely with the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board, and Oman Cricket to ensure fans can enjoy a wonderful celebration of cricket“, concluded ICC.
The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly further said that they would have been happier to host the World Cup in India but after considering the uncertain situation due to the COVID-19 & the importance of a World championship, the BCCI will host the T20 World Cup in the UAE & Oman.
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