T20 World Cup can move out of India to UAE; BCCI to retain the rights

The 13th edition of the IPL was also hosted in the UAE

T20 WC Trophy
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India is currently battling the deadly second wave of Coronavirus which has brought the country on its knees. Millions of people have been affected with the virus while thousands have lost their lives to the same. Despite the gloomy situation, the BCCI have decided to go ahead with the Indian Premier League. However, it might not be the case with the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in India later this year.

If the situation doesn’t improve in time, the BCCI may take the World Cup to UAE, as they did with the IPL last year. However, hosting the World Cup in another country won’t take away the hosting rights from the BCCI and they’ll get all the benefits of being the hosts.

“It’s too early to say what will happen. But the contingency plan is that it would go to UAE with the hosting rights staying with BCCI,” Dhiraj Malhotra, GM, BCCI and the tournament director of the World Cup said.

Before the virus wreaked havoc, BCCI shortlisted Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamshala, Ahmedabad and Lucknow as the nine host venues for the mega event.

The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place between October 18-November 15. However, the World Cup is still few months away and BCCI will hope that the situation eases by then.

In case it is staged in UAE, there are four venues where the matches can be hosted. The T20 World Cup this year will be a 16-team affair with teams to announce their squads one month before the competition.

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