International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup 2021 has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the loss India suffered from the deadly COVID-19 wave earlier this year.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the multi-nation tournament will be played from October 17 to November 14 right after the Indian Premier League (IPL)’s final, likely to be played on October 15.
The tournament will be played in two phases, the first phase will be the qualifiers featuring eight teams in two groups. The top two teams from each group will join the rest of the eight teams in the Super 12s.
These teams include Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea. Oman will co-host the qualifiers alongside UAE.
Later on, the Super 12s will start at three venues of the UAE, Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) is yet to write an official letter to the ICC for moving the mega event to the UAE. However, reports claimed that the board has started planning for hosting the mega event in the Middle East.
Adding to your information, India suffered a deadly COVID-19 wave earlier this year that leads to the loss of millions of lives. Following the situation, BCCI postponed IPL which will also take place in the UAE now.
Experts in India predict a third COVID-19 wave later in 2021. So, it is most likely that BCCI will make a public announcement related to shifting the tournament very soon. On June 1, ICC asked BCCI to decide until June 30 whether India will be able to host the T20 World Cup or not.