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T20 World Cup may be held in five cities instead of nine; it is too early to think in UAE: BCCI

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With the growing Corona cases in India, the BCCI is confident that the T20 World Cup will be held in India in October, although it can be done in five cities instead of nine. The tradition is that the ICC keeps the backup option ready and for the last one year that option has been the UAE. The IPL is currently taking place in the bio bubble but the real challenge before the BCCI is to make the T20 World Cup in adverse conditions.

A senior board official said, “We are hopeful that now it is five months and if people are getting vaccines then the World Cup will be held in India only.” It could be that the match is in four or five cities instead of nine cities. An ICC inspection team was scheduled to come to Delhi on 26 April to take stock of the IPL’s bio bubble but postpone the tour due to a ban on traveling to India.

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The official said, “That team was supposed to come this week but they will come later due to the travel ban being implemented.” BCCI General Manager (Sports Development) Dheeraj Malhotra told the BBC on Friday that the UAE option had been kept. The board official, however, said that UAE is always the second option under tradition.

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He said, ‘There is always an option for ICC tournaments and UAE is the option after being decided at the ICC meeting last year. There is nothing new in what Dheeraj said. If the conditions remain the same in the next five months, then another plan will have to be prepared. The ICC T20 World Cup takes place in three or four cities in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or other countries, but this is not possible due to board politics in India.

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The Board official, who was involved in organizing the World Cup 2011 and T20 World Cup 2016, said, “Here the city of Board President Saurabh Ganguly (Kolkata), the city of Vice President Rajiv Shukla (Lucknow), the city of Secretary Jai Shah (Ahmedabad) and the Treasurer. Arun is the city (Dharamshala) of Dhumal. ‘ “Apart from this, there are Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad,” he said.

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