T20 World Cup to be held from October 17 to November 14 in UAE and Oman
New Delhi : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed that the upcoming T20 World Cup will be held in UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
"The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 will be staged in the UAE and Oman due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in India," the ICC said in its official release.
The event was earlier scheduled to be held in India, but due to ongoing coronavirus situation in the country, T20 World Cup has been shifted to UAE and will be played on the four venues - Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.
ICC also mentioned that the BCCI will remain the host of the event.
"Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full and in its current window. Whilst we are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, the decision gives us the certainty we need to stage the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in a bio-secure environment," ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardyce was quoted as saying in the release.
"The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 tournament in UAE and Oman," BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said.
"We would have been happier hosting it in India but considering the uncertainty due to the Covid 19 situation and the importance of a world championship, the BCCI will now continue to host this tournament in UAE and Oman. The BCCI is looking forward to creating a spectacle," he added.
"Emirates Cricket Board is honoured that the BCCI and the ICC have entrusted us with staging and delivering the ICC Men's T20 World Cup. The UAE's reputation as being a safe country in which to host high-profile sporting events is a strong compliment to our government's unwavering commitment to implementing and monitoring effective health practices during the pandemic," Emirates Cricket Board Vice President Khalid Al Zarooni said.