Despite the grim situation in India due to Covid-19, the BCCI is still willing to host the T20 World Cup in the country. In the upcoming Special General Meeting (SGM) scheduled for May 29, the officials will discuss the venue for the remaining season of IPL 2021 as well as whether the upcoming T20 World Cup would be played in India or not.
According to the Times of India, the board is keen to host the T20 World Cup in India even if it has to be hosted in two cities. The BCCI has also zeroed on UAE if the situation doesn’t improve in India.
“Right now, India is the host venue for the World Cup. That’s how the Board is seeing it. If things go awry again, then a call will be taken only after the month of June. And yes, UAE is the second option,” Board sources told TOI.
The report further added that the UK has emerged as a top venue to host the remaining matches of the cash-rich league.
“BCCI and the ECB are in discussions to tweak the five-Test series. Details of those discussions aren’t public yet. But in whichever manner the ECB agrees to tweak the Test series, they will want the IPL in England because the counties can earn from it. There’ll be a good chance of a quid pro quo,” the report added.
Since hosting the IPL 2021 matches in the UK is a costly affair, the board has also kept UAE and Sri Lanka as backup options.
“Only if costs are escalating to a point where it starts affecting stakeholders, the BCCI will consider the UAE as the second option for the IPL. On that front, we aren’t even discounting the idea of hosting the IPL in Sri Lanka,” the source added.