BCCI assured of internet hosting T20 World Cup in October regardless of surge in COVID-19 circumstances; UAE stays back-up venue
The BCCI is assured that India will host the World T20 in October as per schedule regardless of a surge in COVID-19 circumstances within the nation however the marquee ICC occasion might be held in 5 cities as an alternative of initially 9 short-listed venues.
As per conference, ICC retains a back-up nation prepared and it has been the UAE for the previous one yr.
The IPL is presently on in separate bio-secure environments however BCCI will face maybe its greatest check of managing a big-ticket ICC match in hostile circumstances.
“We’re nonetheless hopeful that with 5 months left and vital inhabitants being vaccinated, we will probably be able to host World T20. Sure, one of many choices might be curbing the 9 venues to a most 4 or 5,” a senior BCCI workplace bearer advised PTI on Friday.
An ICC recce staff was supposed to succeed in Delhi on 26 April to examine the bio-secure preparations for the IPL, protecting in thoughts the World T20 however the journey bans imposed on India led to the postponement of the journey.
“Sure, the staff was purported to arrive earlier this week however with journey bans in place, they are going to come later as soon as scenario returns to normalcy,” the workplace bearer mentioned.
BCCI’s GM (Sport Improvement) Dhiraj Malhotra was on Friday quoted as saying by the BBC that “UAE is the again up venue”.
Nevertheless an workplace bearer mentioned that UAE was at all times the second possibility as per guidelines.
“You at all times have a again up venue and UAE has been the venue after it was handed at ICC assembly final yr. There’s nothing new in what Dhiraj had mentioned. Clearly, if the scenario stays similar after 5 months, you’ll have to have Plan B prepared,” the workplace bearer mentioned.
Often, when ICC World T20 has been held in different international locations like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the occasion has at all times been confined to 3 or 4 venues however it hasn”t been a case in India resulting from board politics and its associated compulsions.
A former BCCI workplace bearer, who was concerned in organisation of each 2011 World Cup and 2016 World T20 put it aptly.
“You may have president Sourav Ganguly’s metropolis (Kolkata), vice-president Rajiv Shukla’s metropolis (Lucknow), secretary Jay Shah’s metropolis (Ahmedabad), treasurer Arun Dhumal’s metropolis (Dharamsala).
“And there are 4 greatest stadiums in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore together with Hyderabad,” he mentioned, hinting that it is troublesome to disregard any of those massive venues.
The distribution of matches has at all times been a really sensitive challenge within the BCCI and if the World T20 goes forward as per plan, some powerful choices should be taken.
“The BCCI has proven that two distinct bubbles at one given time limit work splendidly nicely however the second it”s scattered to 9 cities, it might be a nightmare with 16 groups in query,” the supply mentioned.
Additionally one other issue that must be taken into consideration is how easily groups can depart publish the match is over.
“For Pakistan, it”s at all times protected to play in Delhi or Lucknow since Mumbai is out of query. Equally for England or Australia, Mumbai is logistically very handy. So these are sure elements,” he mentioned.
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