This year’s T20 World Cup is expected to be moved from India to the United Arab Emirates, with BCCI acknowledging that none of the participating teams would be “comfortable” coming to India. Although a final decision is made in a month, it is understood that even the Indian Cricket Council is nervous about holding the 16-team tournament in October-November after the current IPL had to be suspended. due to multiple cases of COVID-19 indoors. the bio-bubble. The PTI has learned that BCCI officials have had very recent discussions with some of the key central government decision-makers and that a move to the UAE has been more or less agreed to. The dates of the flagship competition, which was scheduled at nine venues, have not yet been finalized.
“The suspension of the IPL within four weeks is an indicator that it is not really safe to host a global event of this magnitude as the country battles its worst health crisis in 70 years,” said a senior BCCI development source. on conditions of anonymity.
The dire situation in India, where a daily addition of over 3 lakh of new cases has continued for several days, has rocked most member councils and the ICC is unlikely to take a risk with the safety of international cricket teams. .
“You can be assured that most of the top nations would not like to tour India in the next six months unless things get back to normal. Players and their families would be very reluctant to travel if they are in the middle of it. “A new wave. So expect BCCI to agree to the transfer of the tournament to the UAE,” another source also added.
He said the suspension of IPL after a string of positive cases made the government very nervous about taking more risks.
“The IPL in India has been a platform to prove to the world and the participating nations that it is safe to host a tournament even when the second wave is at its peak.
“It was going well but the bio bubble has now become porous. What is the guarantee that it will not happen again in October-November. Countries like Australia, England and New Zealand are almost certain to have set up travel advisories, “he said.
One of the main reasons the tournament is held in the UAE is that it can be limited to three courts – Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi – and there is no air travel.
“Look, six sites for IPL has always been a dangerous proposition when they managed to manage three in the last edition,” the source said.
“In the UAE they were all in one bubble from start to finish while here each team was traveling to three bubbles. Most of the positive cases came after the bubbles had traveled.
“Therefore, even if you reduce the number of venues from 9 to 5 in October, there will still be air travel unlike the UAE. Also for players, they would not be mentally in a space to play in India unless that the situation does not improve radically, “he added.
There is an ICC meeting in June where a final decision will be made but the continuation of the tournament in India after the cancellation of the IPL seems overkill at this point.
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