The second wave of the Coronavirus has left India reeling. The total COVID-19 cases in the country has crossed the 2 crore mark and the situation at the moment is really gloomy. Contrary to public opinion, the BCCI decided to go ahead with the IPL 2021, however, they couldn’t successfully complete the tournament as a series of COVID positive cases inside the bubble forced them to indefinitely postpone the tournament. This also has put the fate of the upcoming T20 World Cup in Jeopardy.
If reports are to be believed the ICC is in continuous touch with the Emirates Cricket Board and the BCCI over shifting of the World T20 from India to UAE.
“The ICC is in contact with the Emirates Cricket Board regarding hosting of the ICC World T20 in the UAE and we can say that almost 80 to 90 percent matter has been discussed and issues sorted out. Now the ICC and the BCCI are in final stage of discussion about shifting the mega event to the UAE and an announcement to this effect is likely to be made in the next two weeks,” the sources informed.
The ICC does not want the T20 extravaganza to be postponed again after delaying it for a year in 2020 owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. The last edition was set to take place in Australia in 2020 but was shifted to India.
UAE also hosted the previous edition of the Indian Premier League. The IPL Governing Council and several franchises wanted the BCCI to move IPL 2021 out of India to UAE but the board decided against it. Even if the T20 World Cup is staged in UAE, the BCCI is likely to retain the hosting rights.
Earlier today, Sunrisers Hyderabad's wicket keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals' spinner Amit Mishra tested positive for the Coronavirus. This came a day after KKR's Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier along with CSK's bowling coach L Balaji returned positive results.