ICC World T20: ICC to decide on India hosting T20 World Cup on June 1

The International cricketing body will take a final call in an Executive Board meeting on June 1.

World T20 is not safe in India in the wake of COVID-19 and might be moved out of India. The final say on India’s chances of hosting the World marquee event will be taken at the Executive Board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on June 1 according to a Cricbuzz report.

The scheduling of the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) on May 29, two days before the ICC congregates, is not merely coincidental.

India battling with the second wave of COVID-19 and Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 suspended mid-way, The International Cricket Council (ICC) are now doubtful about India hosting the World T20 scheduled from October 18 to November 15. From the abovementioned two strong reasons, India has weakened its chances to host a T20 World Cup.

The Indian government authorities, state government officials included, are preparing for a potential third wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The ICC directors and managers are understandably monitoring the situation.

“The case numbers are dropping and we do not think that it will take a U-turn again, and this is after we are testing everyone we can. But we are preparing ourselves for the third wave, if any, by having more jumbo field hospitals,” Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Chahal had said recently.

“The ICC is not unaware of the situation but one cannot speculate on what will be the decision on June 1. One has to wait and see,” said an informed source on the likelihood of moving the tournament to UAE, which has been kept as a reserve venue for the October 18 – November 15 tournament as UAE has hosted a successful IPL 2020.

Former Australian batsman and CSK batting coach Michael Hussey were tested positive for COVID-19 amid IPL suspension. Hussey stated that it will be difficult for India to host a World event. According to Hussey, cricket boards might be nervous about traveling to India. New Zealand and SRH captain Kane Williamson also thought calling off IPL 2021 midway was the right decision.

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