ICC leaning towards T20 World Cup in UAE



BCCI will retain hosting rights if move materialises; have until June 28 to decide their position

The ICC is leaning towards moving the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup to the UAE, and have even shortlisted another venue in the Middle East – potentially Oman – as a co-host in case the tournament is moved out of India.

ESPNcricinfo understands that on Tuesday the ICC Board granted the BCCI time until June 28 to decide whether or not they can host the event, after receiving a request from the Indian board president Sourav Ganguly. Internally, however, the ICC Board is understood to have concluded that it would be safer to host the tournament in the UAE, while allowing the BCCI to retain the hosting rights.

“The ICC Board has requested management focus its planning efforts for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on the event being staged in the UAE with the possibility of including another venue in the Middle East,” the ICC said in a media release on Tuesday. “A final decision on the host country will be taken later this month. The Board also confirmed that the BCCI will remain the hosts of the event regardless of where the event is played.”

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