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T20 World Cup venues could be curtailed but too early to contemplate UAE shift: BCCI

The BCCI is assured that India will host the World T20 in October as per schedule regardless of a surge in COVID-19 instances within the nation however the marquee ICC occasion could possibly be held in 5 cities as an alternative of initially 9 short-listed venues.

As per conference, ICC retains a back-up nation prepared and it’s been the UAE for the previous one yr.

The IPL is at present on in separate bio-secure environments however BCCI will face maybe its greatest take a look at of managing a big-ticket ICC match in antagonistic circumstances.

‘We’re nonetheless hopeful that with 5 months left and vital inhabitants being vaccinated, we will likely be ready to host World T20. Sure, one of many choices could possibly be curbing the 9 venues to a most 4 or 5,’ a senior BCCI workplace bearer advised PTI on Friday.

An ICC recce workforce was supposed to succeed in Delhi on April 26 to examine the bio-secure preparations for the IPL, maintaining in thoughts the World T20 however the journey bans imposed on India led to the postponement of the journey.

‘Sure, the workforce was speculated to arrive earlier this week however with journey bans in place, they may come later as soon as scenario returns to normalcy,’ the workplace bearer mentioned.

BCCI’s GM (Recreation Growth) Dhiraj Malhotra was on Friday quoted as saying by the BBC that ‘UAE is the again up venue’.

Nevertheless an workplace bearer mentioned that UAE was at all times the second possibility as per guidelines.

‘You at all times have a again up venue and UAE has been the venue after it was handed at ICC assembly final yr. There’s nothing new in what Dhiraj had mentioned. Clearly, if the scenario stays similar after 5 months, you’ll have to have Plan B prepared,’ the workplace bearer mentioned.

Often, when ICC World T20 has been held in different nations like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the occasion has at all times been confined to a few or 4 venues but it surely hasn’t been a case in India because of board politics and its associated compulsions.

A former BCCI workplace bearer, who was concerned in organisation of each 2011 World Cup and 2016 World T20 put it aptly.

‘You’ve got president Sourav Ganguly’s metropolis (Kolkata), vice-president Rajiv Shukla’s metropolis (Lucknow), secretary Jay Shah’s metropolis (Ahmedabad), treasurer Arun Dhumal’s metropolis (Dharamsala).

‘And there are 4 greatest stadiums in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore together with Hyderabad,’ he mentioned, hinting that it’s troublesome to disregard any of those massive venues.

The distribution of matches has at all times been a really sensitive difficulty within the BCCI and if the World T20 goes forward as per plan, some powerful choices should be taken.

‘The BCCI has proven that two distinct bubbles at one given time limit work splendidly nicely however the second it’s scattered to 9 cities, it will be a nightmare with 16 groups in query,’ the supply mentioned.

Additionally one other issue that must be taken into consideration is how easily groups can depart publish the match is over.

‘For Pakistan, it’s at all times protected to play in Delhi or Lucknow since Mumbai is out of query. Equally for England or Australia, Mumbai is logistically very handy. So these are sure elements,’ he mentioned.

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