The marquee T20 World Cup in October-November is set to be shifted to the UAE and Oman with the BCCI having internally intimated the ICC to go forward with its preparation due to a tough COVID-19 state of affairs in India.
While the UAE was at all times the primary back-up choice, Oman’s capital Muscat has been added because the fourth venue, other than Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, for the event that may begin within the final week of October.
“Yes, the BCCI, during the ICC board meeting, has formally asked for a four-week window to take a final call but, internally, they have said that they would like to keep the hosting rights and wouldn’t mind the tournament being held in UAE and Oman,” a senior board official, privy to ICC board developments, instructed PTI on the situation of anonymity.
He mentioned that Muscat has been zeroed in particularly for the preliminary rounds of the 16-team competitors, which may also enable the three UAE grounds to get enough time to clean up after 31 IPL video games.
“If IPL finishes by October 10, then the UAE leg of World T20 can start off in November which would give three weeks’ time to the pitches to be spruced up for the global event. In the meanwhile, the first week can be held in Oman,” he mentioned.
A majority of the ICC board members consider that India is making an attempt to bide time as they take inventory of the state of affairs at a time when it is rather tough to predict how issues pan out in October-November.
“If you concentrate on it virtually, India is now reporting round 120,000 plus instances which is shut to one third of what was being reported on the finish of April and begin of this month.
“But sitting on June 28, if you say “sure” to holding the World T20 in India, how can you predict the health situation in October if there is a third wave,” the seasoned official requested.
The second query is that if the BCCI is cautious of resuming the eight-team IPL in September in India, how can it maintain a 16-team occasion within the nation inside a month’s time.
“Look, everybody together with BCCI brass is aware of that monsoon is just not a ok cause and it’s COVID-19, with nearly 2500 crore income using on the event.
“In a 16-team event, if there is one team that gets affected in bubble with multiple cases, it won’t be like IPL. For weaker national teams, you won’t get ready replacements outside 14 or 15 men. There are teething issues,” an official of an affiliate nation, which is a component of the event, mentioned.
Another “elephant in the room” is what number of abroad gamers would really like to threat coming to India for the event if the state of affairs does not enhance drastically.
“They would definitely come and play the IPL within the UAE and would be more than pleased to play the T20 World Cup over there.
“But one can be rest assured that there would apprehensions with regards to health safety with players’ families and their boards and the local cricket association would give them an update on health threat perceptions. It would be easier said than done,” the official mentioned.