Thursday, 15 July 2021: The apex body of cricket in India BCCI( Board of Control of Cricket in India) will send its officials to Oman and Dubai on July 16 and 17 to take a look at the preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup and to discuss important issues related to the event.
ICC has already declared that the venue of the T20 World cup has moved to Dubai and Oman due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation in India. The BCCI remain the host of the event, which will be held in Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Stadium and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground. The Tournament will commence from October 17 to November 14.
“We are going to Oman tomorrow, we will be visiting the venue and also will discuss the travel plan of teams as Qualifiers are to be held there, the day after tomorrow will be in Dubai to have a meeting with ICC. ECB officials will also be there.
“We do not want to leave any stone unturned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s why everything will be taken care of. Bio bubble, training, accommodation are some issues that need to be discussed. will also discuss whether media will be allowed or not,” a source said.
The first stage of the tournament will have eight qualifying teams, it will be split evenly between Oman and UAE. Four of these teams will then move forward to the Super 12s, where they will join eight automatic qualifiers. The eight teams competing in the Preliminary stage are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherland, Scotland, Namibia, Oman and Papua Guinea before the playoff 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 in a release.
“Whilst we are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, 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. We will work closely with the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board, and Oman Cricket to ensure fans can enjoy a wonderful celebration of cricket,” he added.