2021 T20 WC: SL & UAE among backup venues

2020-08-12 at 19:30

Sri Lanka and the UAE are among the back-up venues for the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup, should the Covid-19 pandemic make India an untenable host.

The ICC confirmed last week that India will host next year’s tournament as scheduled in the original Future Tours Programme while this year’s postponed edition in Australia goes ahead in 2022.

Identifying potential back-up venues is standard practice for every ICC event, but it takes on extra significance in this time because of the nature of the pandemic.

India is currently the third-worst-hit country in the world in terms of cases, according to most data studies, with over 2 million cases so far and over 45,000 deaths.

The BCCI has remained steadfast about hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup instead of 2022 primarily because it does not want to host three big tournaments including the 2023 IPL and the 2023 World Cup back-to-back.

However, ESPNcricinfo has reported that Sri Lanka and the UAE have been named as back-up venues for the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup, should the need arises.