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The venue for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman due to the deadly COVID-19 second wave in India (Delta variant) which has taken a huge toll on lives. The vaccination program is on in India to tame the virulent virus.

An announcement in this regard was made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday. The cricket showcase is scheduled to be held from October 17th to November 14th, 2021.

The ‘ICC’ stated that the tournament was originally set to be staged in India, but had to be shifted, given the consequences of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be the seventh ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament, with matches taking place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Originally, the tournament was to be held in Australia from October 18th to November 15th, 2020.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup (earlier known as ICC World Twenty20) is the international championship of Twenty20 International cricket. Organized by cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the tournament currently consists of 16 teams, comprising the top 10 teams from the rankings and six other teams chosen through the T20 World Cup Qualifier. All matches are played as Twenty20 Internationals.

Dubai (UAE)-headquartered the International Cricket Council (ICC) is the world governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1987.

The ‘ICC’ further stated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held across four venues – the 25,000-capacity Dubai International Stadium in Dubai (UAE), the 20,000-capacity Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the 27,000-capacity Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah (UAE), and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Muscat, Oman.

Mumbai-headquartered the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the governing body for cricket in India and is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. The Board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.

A statement sent out by the ICC read, “The tournament was originally set to be staged in India, but had to be shifted, given the consequences of the second wave of COVID-19 on the country.”

The upcoming edition will be the first Men’s T20 World Cup played since 2016, when West Indies beat England in the final in India.

The eight teams competing in the preliminary stage are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea, before the play-off stage and the Final on November 14th.

Remarked the Acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice, “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 multiteam 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, stated, “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 be held across the country. The BCCI will continue to host the tournament, which will now be held in the UAE and Oman, and will work closely with the ICC to make it a memorable event.”

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly commented, “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 Emirates Cricket Board Vice-President, Khalid Al Zarooni, put in, “The Emirates Cricket Board is honored that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (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. Having hosted a number of high-profile tournaments in recent months our team is well-prepared and ready to mobilize to ensure the success of the T20 World Cup.”

Oman Cricket Chairman, Pankaj Khimji, noted, “It is indeed a great moment for Oman Cricket to be selected as a venue/host of the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. We shall leave no stone unturned to exceed the requirements of BCCI and ICC. Oman will certainly extend a very warm welcome to all the teams, officials and media in October.”

Sharjah (UAE)-headquartered the United Arab Emirates Cricket Board is the official governing body of the sport of cricket in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The United Arab Emirates Cricket Board is United Arab Emirates’s representative at the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is an Associate Member and has been a Member of that body since 1990.

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