The International Cricket Council will meet in Dubai on Tuesday to discuss the matter of the T20 World Cup and future tours.
BCCI’s top officials – led by its board secretary Jay Shah – have flown to Dubai to finalise the remainder of the Indian Premier League and possibly the cricket World Cup.
Additionally, the BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla is already in Dubai. Its president Sourav Ganguly will arrive on Wednesday to join the talks with cricket’s apex governing body and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).
What’s Happening with the IPL?
Last week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India gave its approval to shift the remainder of the IPL to the United Arab Emirates in September-October (similar to the last season).
However, the same is yet to be finalised with the ECB but is expected to come to fruition this week.
The BCCI will first look to get the approval of the UAE government to host the IPL in the country. There will also be discussions on the preparedness of the three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah – alongside tournament bubble creation for the eight participating teams and officials.
Vaccination for those in the IPL bubble will also be discussed. Recently, the ECB allowed the Pakistan Super League to conduct its remaining games in the country on the condition that all participating members are vaccinated.
The Indian Premier League was suspended indefinitely in the first week of May amidst the growing Covid-19 cases in India and the bio-bubble breach.
What about the World Cup?
The presence of BCCI officials in the UAE may also imply that moving the World Cup to the emirate is an option being explored. That said, the first choice to host the marquee cricket tournament is still India.
On Saturday, the BCCI in its Special General Meeting announced that the officials have been authorised to seek more time from the ICC to decide on whether or not India can host the T20 World Cup.
The final schedule of the T20 World Cup is yet to be announced and by the looks of it, we might have to wait for a few weeks more.
The Covid-19 caseload in India has dropped down significantly over the last couple of weeks.
However, strong doubts still exist over India’s preparedness to host the 16-nation competition. BCCI will take another month’s time to arrive at the final decision about hosting the World Cup.
The ideal case scenario for BCCI would be to host the tournament in India itself so it does not lose out on the revenue. But the logistics and travel arrangements for 16 international teams may prove to be a big hurdle, especially amidst a probable third wave.
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