ICC T20 World Cup: BCCI to retain T20 World Cup hosting rights even if it shifts out of India

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ICC T20 World Cup – India to retain hosting rights: If the Covid-19 situation in India continues to get worse, the T20 World Cup scheduled in the country in October could move out to the United Arab Emirates. Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still optimistic about hosting the tournament in India, UAE is the back-up plan if things don’t improve. “It is too early to say what will happen. But the contingency plan is that it would go to UAE with BCCI keeping the hosting rights,” Dhiraj Malhotra, GM, BCCI and the tournament director of the World Cup told Hindustan Times.

ICC T20 World Cup – India to retain hosting rights, even if it is shifted to UAE, what does this mean?

This means, even if the tournament is shifted to UAE – it will be the responsibility of BCCI to organize it. Also, all the commercial monetization rights available to the host will stay with BCCI.

ICC T20 World Cup: BCCI has shortlisted nine host cities 

Prior to the Covid-19 surge in the country, the Indian cricket board had shortlisted nine host venues for the competition. They are Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Dharamshala, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. “The nine venues have been informed and it was again discussed that preparations should continue for the showpiece event with an eye on the Covid-19 situation and a call will only be taken closer to the event. It is too early to imagine what can or will happen in October-November with regards to the coronavirus situation. But preparations shall be on,” a BCCI source had told ANI a fortnight back.

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However, with increasing positive coronavirus cases and travel ban imposed by several countries, BCCI is now keeping a close watch on the situation. If things do not improve in the coming months, there are chances that BCCI may be forced to host the event behind closed doors.

The T20 World Cup this year will be a 16-team affair with teams to announce their squads one month before the competition. There are four grounds in the UAE where international matches can be hosted, and should the need arise that option will be activated. The eight-team IPL was successfully staged in the UAE last year.