United Arab Emirates on standby to host the Twenty20 World Cup in October, should escalate Covid-19 business in India and force organizers into a switch
- India plans to host the Twenty20 World Cup, but Covid business is on the rise
- The United Arab Emirates is on standby to take over if necessary
- ICC sources say it is too early to call the tournament in six months
The United Arab Emirates are poised to host the Twenty20 World Cup this year should rising Covid rates in India necessitate a switch.
Although ICC sources say it is too early to call for a tournament starting in just under six months, they are “ closely monitoring the situation ” and have held regular consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Sri Lanka has also been suggested as an alternative option, but the UAE is the preferred country with a relatively small population of nine million and a young demographic.
There are concerns about the Twenty20 World Cup with growing Covid-19 cases in India
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Official new daily infections in India are in the top 350,000, and unofficial infections suggest the number is much higher.
Regardless, they are at a much higher level than last fall when the BCCI itself moved the postponed 2020 Indian Premier League to the Emirates.
An ICC delegation is currently in India, which last week suggested nine venues for the month-long tournament, which was set to start in mid-October and end with a final on the world’s largest cricket ground – the 130,000-seat stadium in Ahmedabad where England has several competitions during the winter – on November 13.