Hosting the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to take place later this year has been in talks for quite a while now. Earlier this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) requested ICC to give a month’s time to decide if they can still host the marquee event given the prevailing Covid situation in the country. Responding to which ICC has given a deadline of June 28 to the Indian Cricket Board to take a final call on hosting the World Cup.
There have been talks that the ICC event can be hosted in UAE, however with the Indian Premier League taking place from September 19 – October 15, the pitches in UAE might get a bit slower.
BCCI in talks with Sri Lanka to host T20 World Cup 2021
Amidst the recent talks about hosting the T20 World Cup later this year, Sri Lanka has emerged as a new contender to host the event. As per sources, BCCI has been in contact with Sri Lanka Cricket for talks over hosting the T20 World Cup. “Keeping the playing conditions in mind, there have been some talks with Sri Lanka Cricket officials and just basic discussions, to be honest,” a source mentioned.
The BCCI is still in the early stages of talks with Sri Lanka Cricket, considering keeping the island country as a backup option, with UAE still being their preferred choice.
“Too early to get into the details, but we still have some time before we need to get back to the ICC to inform them on the situation as the BCCI will continue to have the hosting rights even if it is played outside India,” the source added.