The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expected to be named as a backup location for the ICC T20 World Cup, which will be hosted later this year, during the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday. The members will also debate the Indian Premier League (IPL) revival, while foreign player availability is still an issue.
The official statement from BCCI secretary Jay Shah to the members says: “Discussion on the upcoming cricket season in view of the pandemic situation prevailing in India.” The T20 World Cup is expected to be the most important item on the agenda. The 2021 T20 World Cup will be held in India, and the tournament will take place from mid-October to mid-November.
With India suffering from the second wave of the illness, the BCCI has no choice but to formalise a backup destination for the T20 World Cup, which will be conveyed to the International Cricket Council before its June 1 Board meeting.
The BCCI has already decided on the UAE as a backup destination, but the members must approve it. The BCCI is unlikely to make an official announcement tomorrow about the ICC tournament being moved to the UAE, according to sources. It would rather play the waiting game, keeping a close eye on the country’s deteriorating Covid scenario. In fact, the Indian board has the ability to extend it until mid-August.