In a recent development, it is being known that International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are in talks with Oman Cricket over hosting of some of the T20 World Cup matches in the gulf nation. Earlier this week, the ICC had given BCCI a month's time to show its readiness to host the tournament in October-November.
But according to the latest update, the T20 World Cup is all set to be shifted to the UAE and Oman. Oman is one of the 16 participating nations at this year's T20 World Cup, scheduled in October-November.
"Yes, the BCCI, during the ICC board meeting, has formally asked for a four-week window to take a final call but, internally, they have said that they would like to keep the hosting rights and wouldn't mind the tournament being held in UAE and Oman," a senior board official told PTI.
We have been approached by ICC: Oman Cricket official
Oman's capital Muscat has been reportedly added as the tentative fourth venue, apart from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. Even if the tournament is shifted out of the country, India will still retain the hosting rights. A top Oman Cricket official has also confirmed that ICC and BCCI are in talks with Oman Cricket over hosting some of the T20 World Cup matches in Oman.
"We have been approached by ICC and the chairman of Oman Cricket, Pankaj Khimji, is in talks with the BCCI which is due to host the tournament," Madhu Jesrani, the Oman Cricket secretary, told IANS.
"The talks with BCCI have just started. The ICC asked us for certain things that they are looking at in a hosting venue and we have given them the details. We have told them that we are ready. We have two turf pitch grounds, including one with floodlights," added Jesrani.
The BCCI has already confirmed that the remaining Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 matches will be held in the UAE from mid-September to mid-October.
Note: The above news is subject to reports according to IANS.