The International Cricket Council (ICC) said that the Twenty20 World Cup which was originally scheduled in India, Now will be held from October 17 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman, as India struggles to contain a surge in COVID-19 infections.
The ICC said in a statement that “The first round of the tournament, comprising the 8 qualifying teams, will now be split between Oman and UAE,” added that “4 of these teams will then progress to the Super 12s round where they’ll join the eight automatic qualifiers.”
The ICC further added that the matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, while the Oman Cricket Academy Ground is the 4th venue.
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman and Papua New Guinea will vie to grab the 4 spots and join the top 8 teams in the Supers 12s stage.
ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice said that “Whilst we are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, the decision gives us the certainty we need to stage the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in a bio-secure environment,”
It must be noted that the UAE hosted the entire 2020 edition of the IPL and will also be the venue for the final phase of this year’s IPL which was suspended last month due to the coronavirus crisis in India.
Abu Dhabi recently hosted the final leg of this year’s Pakistan Super League.
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