Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president has said it will be a massive loss to the game if the T20 World Cup is cancelled once again this year. The ICC T20 World Cup was cancelled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Australia was all set to stage the showpiece event which had to be called off due to COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the globe. India, who also hold the hosting rights for the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup has decided to move the tournament to the UAE.
Sourav Ganguly: It Will Be A Massive Loss For Cricket If T20I World Cup Is Cancelled Again Due To Covid
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already got approval from the apex board ICC to conduct the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman due to the COVID-19 situation in India. BCCI will remain the host of the tournament and the matches will be played across four venues in – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Oman.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday (July 08) said it will be a huge loss for the game if the upcoming T20 World Cup is cancelled once again this year. Though there are minimal chances of the premier tournament getting postponed, COVID-19 can spoil ICC and BCCI’s plans once again as new variants of the virus are being detected across different countries.
“Nothing can be done with this Covid-19 situation, so it is closed doors only. Cricket is obviously started, India is in England, then we will have IPL and then there is T20 World Cup. Cricket won’t stop and it will go on,” Ganguly told reporters on his 49th birthday on Thursday, July 08.
“These are exceptional circumstances. Last year World Cup got cancelled. This year if again it gets cancelled because of Covid, then it is a massive loss for the game. That is why it is being taken to a safer place,” he added.
The 2021 IPL, which was suspended following Covid-19 cases inside the bio-bubble, will be completed in UAE, which will also host the T20 World Cup after the ICC decided to shift the showpiece event from India due to the 2nd wave of Covid-19 prevailing in India. The second leg of the IPL is scheduled to be held from September 19 to October 15, while the T20 World Cup will begin on October 17.
The BCCI will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held in Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, from October 17 to November 14, 2021.
Sourav Ganguly: Difficulty To Organize Domestic Matches In Australia Before India Women’s First Day Night Test In Australia
The Indian women’s team is all set to play Australia in a day-night Test for the first time in September this year. Recently, BCCI Apex Council member Shantha Rangaswamy had requested the BCCI to organise domestic pink-ball games for the women’s team in Australia in August. However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said it is difficult to organise domestic matches in Australia in August due to rain.
“Domestic matches are difficult to organise in August because of rain,” he said.
Shantha Rangaswamy, a BCCI Apex Council member, had requested the BCCI to organise domestic pink-ball games to help the women’s team prepare for the day-night Test against Australia in Perth, which begins on September 30th, however, Sourav Ganguly said it would be challenging to arrange due to the monsoon, which is at its peak drenching the entire country throughout the month of August.
The Indian team played its first Test in seven years against England in June 2021. Even when the domestic calendar for women’s cricket was announced, there was no mention of a first-class tournament. Yet, Mithali Raj and Co. will face Australia in a day-night game at the WACA in Perth, from September 30.