BCCI to hold meeting for T20 World Cup in India: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to host the T20 World Cup in October-November, in India. The BCCI will have a Special General Meeting (SGM) that will be conducted on May 29. A source close to the governing body spoke about what measures that would need to be taken if the mega event does take place later this year. They will have a meeting prior to the the ICC has on June 1.
“The ICC will have the meeting on June 1 and before that, we will have our own meeting on May 29 to discuss the COVID-19 situation and what all measures need to be taken with an eye on the T20 World Cup which is slated to be held in India in October-November,” the source said.
Nine venues within India have been decided upon so far. The likes of Ahmadabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow and Dharmsala are all in contention.
They also spoke about having alternate venues provided the COVID19 situation in India doesn’t improve. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is being considered as the ideal replacement in such scenario.
“Right now, India is the host venue for the World Cup. That’s how the Board is seeing it. If thing go awry again, then a call will be taken only after the month of June, and yes, UAE is the second option.”
Other than the T20 World Cup, having the second half of the IPL 2021 is also of paramount importance for the BCCI. As per several reports and sources, there is a possibility of the remaining 31 fixtures being hosted in England, considering the fact that the Indian cricket team will be in the United Kingdom for close to three months.
Although, the people would be allowed in stadiums and gate money could lead to revenue, the cost and logistics of having an IPL in England could be heavy. As a result of that, venues such as the UAE and Sri Lanka will also be discussed.
Nevertheless, we can expect the star studded league to return somewhere down the line this year, as per BCCI’s determination.