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BCCI to host T20 World Cup in the UAE

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday confirmed that the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup in India will be shifted to the UAE. There will be no change in the dates for the T20 World Cup. The main leg will start from October 24 and the final will be played mid-November.

Earlier, it was reported that the T20 tournament will be held in UAE, soon after the completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is expected to start on October 17. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed the development.

“We have officially intimated the ICC that the T20 World Cup can be shifted to the United Arab Emirates. The details are being chalked out,” Ganguly said.

COVID affected several tournaments

Several tournaments had to be called off or postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire Indian Premier League in 2020 was shifted to UAE and the tournament was played out without a glitch.

Back in May, the Indian Premier League 2021 had to be suspended because of the rising Covid-19 cases and after a few players had tested positive. The remainder of the tournament will now be played in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the UAE leg of IPL 2021 is expected to be held between September 15 and October 15, featuring as many as 10 double-headers. The BCCI last month said that the remaining 31 matches, including playoffs, of the suspended popular T20 tournament, will be completed in the UAE.

ICC asked BCCI to clarify

The ICC, at the start of the month, had given BCCI a four-week window to decide and inform whether India could host the marquee event considering the COVID-19 situation in the country. This was after the pandemic forced the postponement of IPL, the second part of which is also being held in the UAE in September-October.

 

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