T20 World Cup to be held in United Arab Emirates, Oman: ICC

- AFP / File
– AFP / File

NEW DELHI: The world cricket body said on Tuesday that the Twenty20 World Cup will take place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14 due to the coronavirus situation in India.

“Our priority is to organize the 2021 ICC Men’s World Cup T20 safely, in its entirety and in its current window,” said Geoff Allardice, Interim Managing Director of the International Cricket Council.

“While we are incredibly disappointed not to host the event in India, the decision gives us the certainty we need to host the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in an environment bio-secure. “

The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in India, but the Cricket Control Board in India had said AFP On Monday, the tournament would be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event will now take place at four venues, Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Stadium and Oman Cricket Academy Ground.

The United Arab Emirates have been a prime destination for cricket as the Pakistani Super League wrapped up last week in the Gulf country.

The suspended IPL was transferred to the United Arab Emirates in September-October after being successfully played in the Gulf country last year.

The first round of the T20 World Cup, comprising eight qualifying teams, will be split between Oman and the UAE. Four of those teams will then move on to the Super 12 round where they will join the eight automatic qualifiers.

The teams competing for the preliminary phase are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman and Papua New Guinea, before the play-off phase and the final on November 14.

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