With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ICC announced that the T20 World Cup would be held in the UAE. Previously, this tournament was supposed to be played in India. But India has had surge infections of the COVID-19; hence the move was necessary.
The T20 World Cup was initially set to take place in Australia in 2020, but because of the COVID-19 disruption, it was decided that the tournament would be held in India in 2021. But with the many cases in India, the IPL was suspended halfway. It has been announced that the IPL will also be continued in the same place, United Arabs Emirates and Oman.
Ganguly said the T20 World Cup had been shifted to the UAE because they are keeping the health and safety of the participants and staff in mind. However, he mentions that deciding whether they need to change the venue was not easy, and they did it for months. But because of the second COVID-19 wave that hit India severely, they came to a clear decision of changing the venue. Although India is conducting vaccination, there are still cases that a third wave of COVID-19 would happen.
As the ICC announced the venue of the T2O World Cup, they also mention that the tournament will begin from October 17th to November 14th. Additionally, the BCCI will still be the hosts of the show-piece in all four places, which are the Sharjah Stadium, Dubai International Stadium, the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, and the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
However, the schedules are yet to be released. But it’s already known that the first round of the T20 World Cup will be between two groups. The eight teams taking part in the first round in twelve matches include Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Oman, Ireland, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Namibia, and Sri Lanka. The top 2 teams from each group will qualify for the Super 12s, joining the top eight ranked T20I teams.
For the Super 12s phase, which starts on October 24th, the groups will be split into two gatherings consisting of six teams. These matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. Then three-season finisher games will trail after this, and they are the two semi-finals and the last on November 14th.
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