BCCI (Board Of Control For Cricket In India) has sought more time from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take an “appropriate call” on hosting the T20 World Cup 2021.
The tournament is currently scheduled to be held in India in the months of October and November later this year.
BCCI SGM Authorized Office Bearers To Seek Extension Of Time From ICC To Take An Appropriate Call To Host ICC T20I World Cup 2021 In India
The decision to seek an extension was taken at the Special General Meeting (SGM) which was held virtually on Saturday where it was also decided that the remainder of the IPL 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September-October.
“The SGM further authorized the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the board said in its press release.
Last month, the BCCI had picked nine venues for the T20 World Cup — New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow. The final of the multi-nation tournament was scheduled on November 13 at the world’s biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
BCCI’s Plan To Host T20 WC In India Was Jolted By The Second Wave Of Covid-19
However, this decision was taken at the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) last month but since then the second wave of the coronavirus led to a record number of cases in the country and even led to the postponement of the IPL 2021 on May 4.
While the future of the T20 World Cup is still uncertain, the board has found a window to stage the remaining matches of the 14th edition of the IPL in the UAE. The members, at its SGM, unanimously decided to resume the cash-rich league in the UAE, considering the monsoon situation in India in the months of September-October.
A total of 16 teams are slated to participate in the T20 World Cup 2021. Six tournaments have so far been played, and only the West Indies, who currently holds the title, have won the tournament on multiple occasions. West Indies are the current T20 World Cup holders, beating England in the 2016 final, winning their second title.