The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is going to be held within the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14, the ICC said on Tuesday (June 29) confirming the switch. The BCCI remain the host albeit the tournament had to be removed from the country thanks to the results of a drastic second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 safely, fully, and in its current window,” said acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice. “Whilst we are incredibly disappointed to not be hosting the event in India, the choice gives us the knowledge we’d like to stage the event during a country that’s a proven international host of multi-team events during a bio-secure environment.
“The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament in UAE and Oman,” said BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. “We would are happier hosting it in India but considering the uncertainty thanks to the COVID-19 situation and therefore the importance of a world championship, the BCCI will now still host this tournament in UAE and Oman.”
Four venues – Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and therefore the Oman Cricket Academy Ground – are shortlisted for the tournament.
The first round of the tournament, comprising the eight qualifying teams, is going to be split between Oman and UAE. The four teams getting to the Super 12s round are going to be joined by the eight automatic qualifiers.
The eight teams competing within the preliminary stage are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea.