T20 World Cup moves from India to UAE – start from October 17

The 2021 edition of the Men’s T20 World Cup will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), tentatively from October 17 to November 14, according to ESPNcricinfo.

Three venues in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai, will host the T20 World Cup games, and Oman will host the qualifiers.

“Round 1, which will include 12 matches, will comprise eight teams of which four (the top two from each group) would qualify for the Super 12. Four teams from this group of eight (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Holland, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea) will advance to the Super 12, joining the top eight ranked T20I teams.

The Super 12 phase, comprising 30 games, is scheduled to begin on October 24. The Super 12, where the teams will be divided into two groups of six each, will be played at three venues in the United Arab Emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. This will be followed by three playoff games: the two semifinals and the final, ”the report added.

During a virtual meeting with all state associations a few weeks ago, the BCCI informed its board members that by shifting the T20 World Cup from India to the United Arab Emirates, they will save more than 40 percent of their total earnings.

If the T20 World Cup had taken place in India, the board of directors had to pay a hefty tax. In addition, with the detection of the new Delta variant of Covid-19 in your country, the BCCI does not want to take any risk.

Previously, the ICC had confirmed that BCCI would retain the hosting rights for the T20 World Cup even if the tournament moves outside of India.

Meanwhile, the UAE leg of the remaining 2021 IPL will begin on September 19 and the final on October 15.

Last month, the BCCI said the remaining 31 games, including 10 playoffs, of the suspended T20 popular extravaganza, will be completed in the United Arab Emirates. It was suspended on May 4 due to the increase in cases of new coronavirus in the bio-bubble created for the tournament.

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