T20 World Cup Update: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave some good news to cricket fans in India. A special team, led by BCCI president Saurav Ganguly, held a virtual Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday. After weeks of persistent rumours about the possible fate of the remainder of the IPL 2021 season, BCCI finally laid out the plans to organize the tournament, with the rest of the IPL season set to move to UAE during the September-October window. And as per an anonymous BCCI official, the board also discussed plans to organize the ICC T20 World Cup later this year.
As per reports, the BCCI is adamant that it can hold a tournament as prestigious as T20 World Cup amidst a Covid-19 surge in India. BCCI is of the opinion that the marquee event can be successfully organized in three cities, namely Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad. Mumbai has three venues, while Pune and Ahmedabad also boast world-class stadium. If ICC agrees to BCCI terms and conditions, the final phase of the season, possibly the knockout phase and the final, will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
“It involves a lot of factors, but we have to have a plan. Ultimately, the ICC has to take a call,” as per one of BCCI officials.
“The ICC has already picked UAE as a back-up venue to host the T20 World Cup and if the showpiece tournament indeed happens there, it would be interesting to see how the ICC manages the grounds after conducting a packed IPL schedule.”
The IPL 2021, phase 2, will be back in a couple of months. The BCCI announced in its SGM Meeting that the remainder of the season will be moving to the UAE. Though the BCCI didn’t mention the dates it’s a piece of good news nonetheless for all concerned parties.
IPL 2021 is likely to be held in the September-October window, just before the ICC T20 World Cup. BCCI general secretary Jay Shah announced that the monsoon season was the reason to choose UAE as the venue.