The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering shifting the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup to the UAE after a surge in COVID-19 cases in India. According to BCCI officials, the decision regarding the hosting of the tournament has not been finalized yet, and the BCCI is looking at various options before coming to a conclusion.
BCCI General Manager Game Development, Dheeraj Malhotra, said that the BCCI is making every effort to host the tournament in India, and all stakeholders are trying their best to host all the matches in the country.
He further revealed that a contingency plan is being prepared, and the BCCI has been in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the hosting plans of the tournament. He also said that UAE is being eyed as a potential venue if the COVID-19 situation in India does not improve in the coming months.
The 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia was postponed due to the global pandemic, with ICC deciding to move the tournament to 2022 while hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup in India.
The previous T20 World Cup in 2016 was also held in India, with West Indies winning the tournament for the second time in their history. The 2021 T20 World Cup will be the seventh edition of the tournament and the second to be hosted by India.