T20 World Cup to be held from October 17 to November 14 in UAE and Oman

T20 World Cup to be held from October 17 to November 14 in UAE and Oman

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It will start three days after IPL final, but ICC to ensure pitches get enough rest between the two tournaments

A day after the BCCI announced it would be hosting the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup not in India but in the UAE and Oman, the ICC on Tuesday confirmed the venue shift. The ICC said that the tournament was being shifted “given the consequences of the second wave of Covid-19” in India. As reported last week by ESPNcricinfo, the 16-team World Cup will now be held between October 17 and November 14, and it will be co-hosted at the three venues in the UAE – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah – along with the Oman Cricket Academy in Muscat.

This will be the first T20 World Cup since 2016, when West Indies beat England in the final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

In April, the BCCI had shortlisted nine venues in India for the 16-team tournament with the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad slotted to host the final on November 14. However, strong doubts on India hosting the marquee event emerged as soon as the BCCI was forced to suspend the IPL midway through, after the tournament bubble was breached and several players and support staff from four franchises were tested positive. The ICC had already nominated the UAE as the back-up venue for the T20 World Cup as early as last year, when it had allotted the tournament to India.

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