T20 World Cup: ICC confirms dates and host cities

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R Ashwin has been included in India's T20 World Cup squad, which will also have Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the mentor
R Ashwin has been included in India's T20 World Cup squad, which will also have Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the mentor.

The International Cricket Council on Tuesday confirmed that the dates and venues for the T20 World Cup 2021. The schedule, however, will be released later.

A day after Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly has announced the that 12-team tournament will not be played in the country, the ICC made a formal announcement about the dates and the venue.

The T20 World Cup 2021 will be staged in the UAE and Oman between October 17 and November 14.

The BCCI will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held across four venues – Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.

The first round of the tournament, comprising the eight qualifying teams, will now be split between Oman and UAE. Four of these teams will then progress to the Super 12s round where they’ll join the eight automatic qualifiers, stated an ICC Press release.

ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice said in a statement, “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. We will work closely with the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board and Oman Cricket to ensure fans can enjoy a wonderful celebration of cricket.”

BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah, said: “The BCCI made every effort to stage the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in India and provide its passionate fans with a reason to cheer after a long period of gloom. However, the prevailing pandemic situation in the country meant that the health and safety of everyone concerned was fraught with risk should a tournament of this stature is held across the country. The BCCI will continue to host the tournament, which will now be held in the UAE and Oman and work closely with the ICC to make it a memorable event.”

President BCCI Sourav Ganguly said: “The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament in UAE and Oman.  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.”

The BCCI, on Monday, informed the ICC that it won’t be possible to host the tournament in India due to the pandemic.