The T20 WC will likely be performed between 16 nationwide groups. As the IPL bubbles began detecting a number of Covid-19 instances in the previous few days, there was a lot apprehension about sustaining safe bio-bubbles for 16 groups later within the yr.
TOI understands that the match may nicely be performed in UAE now with BCCI enjoying the hosts.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will play by the protocol of assessing the scenario in India for the following two months. “Even if the second wave of the pandemic subsides by September, there are predictions of a third wave in the last quarter of the year, and ICC is unlikely to wait till September to take a call on the host venues,” a BCCI supply stated.
The BCCI had efficiently organized final yr’s IPL at three venues (Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi) in UAE. It is learnt the board had to pay the Emirates Cricket Board round Rs 90 crore apart from the bills to host the 2-month match.
BCCI had final month selected 9 venues in India for the T20 WC. But sustaining a bubble with a lot travelling concerned is just not possible, as has been confirmed throughout this yr’s IPL. While there are theories which say BCCI might suggest a onecity match in Mumbai, the board is just not assured of getting a lot help from different member boards within the ICC on this regard.
BCCI engaged on passage to England
The board is already engaged on making a protected passage for the Indian workforce to attain England for the World Test Championship Final and the following Test sequence in opposition to England.
BCCI and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are in talks with their respective authorities authorities to finalise the journey plans. With the IPL suspended, the workforce may depart earlier (ideally by final week of May) to have sufficient time after quarantine to get acclimatized to the situations earlier than their match in opposition to New Zealand, which begins on June 18 in Southampton.
There are experiences of the ECB making an attempt to prepare constitution flights for its gamers within the IPL. The New Zealand gamers, at the moment in India, may nicely take the identical route because the Englishmen.
If the T20 WC does occur in UAE, then the Indian workforce will fly straight to Dubai after ending their five-Test sequence in England. They might play two T20I bilateral sequence in opposition to New Zealand and South Africa in UAE as preparation.