T20 World Cup 2021: ICC Chief worried, ‘ICC World Cup in India may not go as per plans’

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ICC T20 World Cup in India – ICC CEO Worried: Originally scheduled to be held in September 2020, the T20 World Cup 2020 has been rescheduled to this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be held in October and November. Amid delay, the International chief executive (ICC) chief executive Manu Sawhney has warned that the World T20 in India might not go ahead as planned due to the prevailing coronavirus situation and it will depend on how BCCI conduct IPL 2021.

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Sawhney said that the current situation makes life difficult for just two teams involved in a bilateral series. ‘Compare it 16 teams taking part in the T20 World Cup in India.’

“Getting 16 teams from different countries with their quarantine protocols, with their risk factors….getting them into the country, then making sure the tournament happens and making sure that the players can then get back to their respective countries,” he stressed.

He added that “in the case of risk mitigation, it is not a linear curve.”

Last week, the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) was postponed by the Pakistan Cricket Board after seven members including players and staffs tested COVID-19 positive.

Following the incident, Sawhney said that PSL would surely be used as one of the examples before finalising bio-secure protocols for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

He further stated, “How India will host the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will be a key factor in deciding and planning the T20 World Cup in India.”

The ICC has said that it will keep an eye on the various T20 leagues around the world and learn from India.

Sawhney praised the BCCI and said that the international association will look forward as to how the IPL franchise/ BCCI understand protocols needed to be followed during the T20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, a couple of reports are doing rounds on the Internet that the ICC is likely to shortlist the BCCI venues used for IPL. BCCI has shortlisted six venues for IPL 2021— Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi and Ahmedabad.

Also Read: IPL 2021: ICC CEO says, ‘IPL key factor in learning what protocols need to be followed for T20 WC’

The ICC T20 World Cup will include twice many teams as IPL franchises.

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