ICC Meeting: ICC agrees to BCCI’s request, gives time till 28th June to decide on T20 World Cup- The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given BCCI time till June 28 to take a call on whether it would host the marquee T20 World Cup in India amid the threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to ANI, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed the same. “We have time till June 28 to go back to the ICC on hosting of the T20 World Cup,” he said.
The ICC Board met virtually on Tuesday with India being represented by Sourav Ganguly and BCCI secretary Jay Shah. The T20 World Cup is due in October-November this year.
As reported by PTI, the BCCI sought a month’s time and the ICC board unanimously agreed to give that for a detailed assessment of the health situation in the country, which has been left battered by a second wave of the raging pandemic.
ICC Meeting: ICC agrees to BCCI’s request, gives time till 28th June to decide on T20 World Cup
“Yes, the ICC board has agreed to BCCI’s request and they will have time till June 28 to decide on hosting the T20 World Cup in India. They will come back to the board next month with a concrete plan,” a source close to the ICC Board told PTI on Tuesday.
ICC Meeting: If the BCCI is unable to host the event in India given the looming threat of a third wave of the pandemic, the tournament will shift to the UAE after it gets done with hosting the IPL, which will likely to be finished on October 10.
BCCI may retain the hosting rights in that scenario.
Meanwhile, ICC has also asked the management to explore hosting options in the UAE with the possibility of including “another venue in the Middle East,” reported Cricbuzz.
It is notable that the 16 teams participate in the event and it will require multiple bio-secure bubbles, similar to IPL 2021.
During the SGM, the BCCI had unanimously decided that with more than four months left for the showpiece event, the BCCI would propose to the ICC to give the body time till the end of June or the beginning of July to take a call on hosting the tournament.
(with ANI, PTI inputs)