T20 World Cup: There is still a big suspense over the final venue for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in October-November. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the BCCI a deadline until 28 June to decide whether the mega event can be hosted in India or not. In the meanwhile, Oman has shown interest on hosting the T20 World Cup in case they are given an opportunity.
In its latest press release, the ICC stated that a final decision regarding the global T20 tournament will be taken later this month with a big possibility of things getting shifted to the UAE. However, in a recent interview, Oman Cricket chief Pankaj Khimji was very much keen on hosting the global event if given a chance. A final call on the possible venue will be ultimately taken by the BCCI and ICC together.
“The BCCI and the ICC need to take a call first on this issue. We would be delighted to be a potential venue for it,” said the Oman Cricket Chief Pankaj Khimji in a conversation with TOI.
“Our facilities have the approval of the ICC to stage T20Is, ODIs and we also got the ICC green signal to host Test matches this year,” he added.
Earlier this year, the Oman Cricket Academy (OCA) ground in Al Amerat, nearby Oman’s capital Muscat, was officially awarded Test status by the ICC. If the recent reports are to be believed, this year’s T20 WC qualifying matches might be held in Oman if the mega event is shifted to the UAE. According to the original schedule, the tournament will kickstart with the qualifier from 18 October while the main competition will start on 24 October.
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