T20 World Cup to be held in UAE, Oman, confirms ICC
The BCCI will retain the hosting rights of the tournament, which will be held from October 17 till November 14.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on June 29, 2021 confirmed that the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 will be staged in the UAE and Oman due to the current COVID-19 situation in India.
The BCCI will retain the hosting rights of the tournament, which will be held from October 17 till November 14. The tournament will be held across three venues primarily- Sharjah Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and the Dubai International Stadium.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India Secretary Jay Shah had confirmed on June 28, 2021 that the ICC Men's T20 World Cup will be shifted from India to UAE due to the COVID-19 situation in the country. The decision was taken after a meeting headed by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah. The BCCI had immediately informed the International Cricket Council about the decision, awaiting its announcement on the exact dates and schedule of the tournament.
When is T20 World Cup scheduled to start?
The T20 World Cup was originally scheduled to be hosted by India in September 2020 but had to be rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will now kick off this year on October 17 with the final on November 14th.
How many teams will participate in the 2021 Men's T20 World Cup?
The Men's T20 World Cup will involve a total of 16 teams. The event was scheduled to be hosted by India but it will now be shifted to the UAE due to the coronavirus situation in the country.
2021 Men's T20 World Cup: Important Details
• The first round of the tournament, which will comprise eight qualifying teams, will now be split between Oman and UAE.
• The eight teams competing in the preliminary stage include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Namibia.
• Four of these teams will then qualify for the Super 12s round where they will join the top eight ranked T20I teams.
• The Super 12 phase will comprise 30 matches and it will begin from October 24.
• The Super 12s phase will be followed by three playoff games - two semi-finals and the final.
• The qualifiers may take place in Oman and Muscat. The rest of the matches will be played on three grounds- Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
• This upcoming edition will be the first Men's T20 World Cup played since 2016 when West Indies beat England in the final in India.
Acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said in an official statement, "Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full and in its current window. Whilst we are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, the decision gives us the certainty we need to stage the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in a bio-secure environment."
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said, "The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 tournament in UAE and Oman." He added that they would have been happier hosting it in India but considering the uncertainty due to the Covid 19 situation and the importance of a world championship, the BCCI will now continue to host this tournament in UAE and Oman.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah also said that the BCCI made every effort to stage the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in India and provide its passionate fans with a reason to cheer after a long period of gloom. "However, the prevailing pandemic situation in the country meant that the health and safety of everyone concerned was fraught with risk should a tournament of this stature is held across the country," he added.
• The Men's T20 World Cup this year is likely to begin two days after the final of the 14th IPL edition. The remaining matches of the suspended IPL 2021 tournament will now be played from September 19 with the final on October 15.
• The league had been suspended in the first week of May after several COVID-19 cases were reported within the bio-bubble in India after an unprecedented second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
• The cash-rich league has also been shifted to the UAE for the remainder part.
Many of the IPL franchises are concerned over the availability of foreign players when IPL resumes in September due to the tight window. The tournament will end right before the scheduled starting date of the T20 World Cup.
Some of the franchises are planning to send their officials to UAE after July 6, 2021 to finalise the logistic deals, while keeping a strict eye on the COVID-19 protocols. Bulk bookings won't be easy this year, as it was last year. This would make the workaround bio-bubbles all the more critical.
Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt has already confirmed that the cricketing body is currently having talks with the BCCI and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for a tweaked CPL schedule to accommodate the second phase of the IPL.
The CPL was originally scheduled to start on August 28 but will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15.