Mumbai: The International Cricket Council has announced that the BCCI will continue to be the host of the upcoming T20 World Cup, regardless of where the event takes place.
The T20 is scheduled to be held in India from October 18, but the rise in the cases of COVID-19 in the last few months has made it difficult for the BCCI to host the tournament in the country.
The ICC has said that the final decision on the host country will be taken by the end of June. Meanwhile, it requested the management to initiate planning efforts to organize the tournament in the UAE or any other location in the Middle East.
“The ICC Board has requested management focus its planning efforts for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on the event being staged in the UAE with the possibility of including another venue in the Middle East. A final decision on the host country will be taken later this month. The Board also confirmed that the BCCI will remain the hosts of the event regardless of where the event is played,” ICC said in a statement.
Recently, BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla has claimed that the first priority of the cricket board is to host the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup in India.
“This issue has also been discussed. Our first choice in India. So we will seek some time from ICC for a month or two to make a decision about it,” Shukla told Khaleej Times.
The Indian cricket governing body has already moved the remaining matches of Indian Premier League 2021 to UAE.