The Men’s ICC T20 World Cup tournament was scheduled to play start in India but, still, India is suffering from the second wave of Coronavirus. There is no hope of the T20 World Cup being hosted in India safely, so ICC has decided to move the tournament to UAE and Oman.
“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,” said acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice.
The ICC T20 World Cup will move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. This has been confirmed by the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Monday that the ICC T20 World Cup tournament would move to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
“We will work closely with the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board and Oman Cricket to ensure fans can enjoy a wonderful celebration of cricket,” he added.
The ICC T20 World Cup will start on Sunday 17th October and the final will held on Sunday 14th November. After 3 days of the IPL 2021 final, the ICC T20 World Cup will begin.
The first round of the tournament comprises of the eight qualifying teams. These eight teams will split between UAE and Oman. Then the four of these teams will make their way and join the top eight already qualified teams.
The ICC T20 World Cup will be played in four stadiums, Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.
The eight competing teams in the preliminary stage are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman and Papua New Guinea.
The last T20 World Cup was played in 2016. The final was contested between England and West Indies, with the latter winning the tournament. The T20 World Cup was scheduled to take place after four years, i.e., in 2020, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed to 2021. Now finally, we are on the verge of witnessing the ICC T20 World Cup.