UAE set as back-up host for T20 World Cup

UAE set as back-up host for T20 World Cup

Published on: May 20, 2021

The latest edition of the Twenty20 World Cup could be moved to the United Arab Emirates if India keeps on enduring with a second flood of the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition is set for play at the start of October, yet the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on life in India, which has now passed 200,000 deaths and had an infection rate of 300,000 new cases per day during the previous week, could cause it to be relocated. Cricket fans are anticipating another exciting T20 World Cup in October. Fans can get the latest news and information for the tournament at before betting on each match.

A week ago, India joined the UK's no-fly list restricting travel to and from the country. Different nations - including Australia - have additionally shut their boundaries to India. According to the ICC’s chiefs, they are doing everything to ensure the T20 World Cup will be played in India, however.

The UAE has been identified as the ICC’s Plan B for the T20 World Cup. The Indian Premier League was postponed in early May due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The tournament could restart later this year. However, India’s cricket administration needs to take into account a variety of aspects to make a final decision on whether to hold the tournament.

The IPL, the world's premier Twenty20 competition, is paused but its final is set for May 30th. Australia cricketers Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have removed themselves from the IPL, and many critics have called for the IPL to suspend the season.

The BCCI had shortlisted nine stadiums in India for the T20 World Cup. An ICC group of specialists from the biosafety, occasions and security wings was booked to visit India from April 26th to do a review of the stadiums. The representatives had to call off their trip because of the COVID-19 pandemic in India

Using nine venues around India poses problems of its own in terms of safety. Players would be required to travel around the country to reach each match site. In 2020, the BCCI organized the IPL tournament in the UAE. Matches were held at three venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah,

The ICC aims to keep a disastrous situation from occurring. Dangers of hosting the T20 World Cup were brought to the ICC’s attention in March ahead of the IPL’s start. The risks of 16 teams from around the world playing in the tournament dramatically increases the potential for the disease’s spread.

Although the Indian government made vaccinations for all adults 18-years old and over possible from May 1, the country faces a shortage of available vaccines. Playing the IPL tournament in 2021 expected to show the world that India could host the T20 World Cup in the autumn.

Teams could be flown to the T20 World Cup by direct charter flights to limit exposure to other individuals. Last year, the T20 tournament in Australia was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICC is keen to play this year’s tournament and not have a second called off in as many years. With time still on the clock to make a decision over the T20 World Cup, organizers may mull over the tournament’s switch until closer to the competition.