The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday indefinitely postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 after a string of positive COVID-19 cases hit the tournament. IPL 2021 was also supposed to be the blueprint for the BCCI and the ICC for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in India, later this year.
However, India is likely to lose the hosting rights of the marquee event due to the surge of COVID-19 cases. According to PTI, the BCCI officials have had very recent discussions with some of the top decision-makers in the central government and a shift to the UAE, which successfully hosted the 13th edition IPL, last year.
“The suspension of IPL within four weeks is an indicator that it’s not really safe to host a global event of that magnitude at a time when the country is fighting its worst health crisis in last 70 years,” a senior BCCI source close to the development said on conditions of anonymity.
“You can be rest assured that most of the top nations wouldn’t like to tour India within next six months unless the situation comes to normalcy. The players and their families would be very wary to travel if they are in the middle of another surge. So expect BCCI to agree with shift of tournament to UAE,” he added.