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BCCI confirms the transfer of the T20 World Cup to the UAE due to coronavirus concerns

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Panoramic view of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground. — AFP/Document

An Indian Cricket Committee official stated that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Twenty20 World Cup will be transferred from India to the United Arab Emirates. Agence France-Presse on Monday.

The Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) stated that it has informed the International Cricket Council, the sport’s world body, of its decision to host the event in the UAE in October and November.

BCCI Finance Director Arun Dhumal said: “We have informed the International Criminal Court of the decision to transfer the World Cup to the UAE. As the Covid situation is unknown and travel restrictions still exist, we have no choice.”

“The dates will be more or less the same, and we will work out the details as soon as possible.”

Due to the large number of Covid-19 cases in India, ICC has set BCCI as the deadline at the end of June to determine the host country of the T20 exhibition event.

BCCI vice chairman Rajeev Shukla said that the qualifiers may be held in Oman, while the remaining matches will be held at three UAE venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

India is the second most populous country in the world. Due to the sharp increase in the number of infections and deaths in April and May, some lockdown restrictions have been relaxed in recent weeks.

After many players and team officials were infected with Covid and the T20 tournament was suspended on May 4th, BCCI moved the suspended Indian Premier League to the UAE from September to October.

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