The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Monday that the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup will be shifted to UAE. “The T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India is being shifted to the UAE owing to the health safety concerns posed by COVID-19,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told PTI.
“We have officially intimated the ICC at the T20 World Cup can be shifted to the United Arab Emirates. The details are being chalked out,” Ganguly said. “The decision was taken keeping health safety concerns of all stakeholders in mind,” he further added.
Asked if October 17 has been finalized as the start date of the T20 World Cup, Ganguly said: “We will be able to finalise itinerary details in some days. October 17 start hasn’t yet been finalised.”
Speaking on same the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah told ANI as quoted by FanCode ” We will inform ICC today that we are shifting the T20 World Cup to UAE. The dates of the tournament, the ICC needs to decide ”
Earlier, the ICC had made clear that BCCI would keep the hosting rights of the T20 World cup even if it is moved out of India.
Also, The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already been shifted to UAE. The second phase of IPL 2021 is set to get underway on September 19 and the Final is expected to be played on October 15.