BCCI Likely To Allot 6 Games Of 2021 T20I WC To Oman
Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter
Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter

BCCI Likely To Allot 6 Games Of 2021 T20I WC To Oman

BCCI is likely to allot six games of the first round of the forthcoming 2021 Twenty20 World Cup to Muscat, Oman. The BCCI is the host of the global tournament, and the allocation of games is at its discretion. In the meeting in Delhi, it is learned, the BCCI discussed the viability of holding matches in Oman.

With Oman having qualified for the tournament, their team is clubbed with Bangladesh, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea in Group B of the first round. Six league matches of that group could take place in Muscat. Only one venue, Oman Cricket Academy Ground, is being considered for the tournament.

Six first round games of the T20 World Cup could be held in Oman
Six first-round games of the T20 World Cup could be held in Oman © Getty

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah Delighted To Be In Oman As Co-Hosting T20I World Cup Will Assist Associate Nations

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has opened up on the feasibility of hosting matches in Oman. Oman and the UAE. Oman and the UAE would be the venues for the T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place from the 17th of October to the 15th of November. Jay Shah believes co-hosting the World Cup would be a significant step for Oman to enter the global stage.

“I am particularly delighted to be in Oman. As a major force in world cricket, the BCCI has always endeavoured to promote and assist Associate Nations. In my capacity as Asian Cricket Council President, my vision is to take cricket far and deep into Asia. Co-hosting the World Cup will put Oman Cricket on the global stage. They are also playing the Qualifiers and it will be an icing on the cake if they make it to the Super 12s,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said while launching the tournament in Muscat earlier this month.

Representational image of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad
Representational image of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad

The Group A matches of Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia may take place in Abu Dhabi which would have completed hosting their share of the IPL games early with the last one to be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on October 8. The tournament concludes only a week later.

The first round of the World Cup games may run from October 17 to 22 with four teams qualifying for the Super 12s, which could start on October 23. The schedule is expected to be released soon.

BCCI Also Planning With Boards To Ensure Foreign Players’ Participations

In the meeting on Saturday (July 31), the BCCI officials have also decided to work with various international boards to ensure the participation of foreign players in the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The BCCI officials, who attended the meeting, have said that efforts are being made to ensure participation of foreign players from all countries, including those from England, although England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had previously declared that its players will have to make themselves available for bilateral cricket.

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

However, England’s scheduled tour of Bangladesh for three ODIs and three Twenty20Is in October seems to be doubtful at this stage. An ECB spokesman said the final decision on the tour will be taken in a week.

Meanwhile, there is concern among the IPL teams if the South Africans will be available for the tournament from the beginning. The Proteas are to tour Sri Lanka in September for three ODIs and three T20Is.

The series ends on September 12 and the IPL teams are not sure if the UAE government will allow a bubble-to-bubble transfer from Sri Lanka. A similar transfer between bubbles is set to take place for those playing in the Caribbean Premier League which ends on September 15.

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, which was suspended earlier this year because of the Covid-19 second wave and bio bubble breach, will resume with a clash between the 3 times IPL winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19, sources have confirmed. The first match of the remainder of the season will be played in Dubai.

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