The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has revealed that the safety of players and other stakeholders was the main reason behind shifting the 2021 T20 World Cup to the United Arab Emirates.
The Indian cricket board took the decision in the wake of COVID-19 scare in India. The T20 World Cup will now take place in UAE and Oman in the October-November window.
However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had made it clear that BCCI would keep the hosting rights of the tournament even if it is moved out of India.
Notably, the showpiece event is likely to begin from the third week of October, just after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Speaking on the latest development, Jay Shah said, “After much deliberation, it has been decided that safety of players and other stakeholders is of paramount importance, and keeping that in mind, it is best that we shift the ICC T20 World Cup to UAE.
“It was not an easy decision and we mulled over it for months, constantly keeping an eye on the COVID-19 situation,” Shah stated in a letter to all the members of BCCI.
“On the brighter side, the BCCI remains the host for the event and with its prior experience in hosting IPL in UAE, we can say with certainty that it will be hosted smoothly, and we will leave no stone unturned to make it an unprecedented success,” he added.
Meanwhile, the remainder of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is also scheduled to be held in the UAE later this year.