MUSCAT: Amid the threat of rising coronavirus cases in India, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the BCCI time till June 28 to take a call on whether it would host the marquee T20 World Cup in the country.
If the BCCI is unable to host the event in India, the tournament will shift to UAE, while Oman may
used as the back-up venue for the preliminary round games, a top ICC official informed The Arabian Stories (TAS).
The T20 World Cup is due in October-November this year. “If the BCCI is unable to host the event in India given the looming threat of a third wave of the pandemic, the tournament will shift to the UAE after it gets done with hosting the IPL, which is likely to finish on October 10. The ICC Board is also likely to keep Muscat as the back-up venue for the preliminary round games of the upcoming edition,” the official said.
Oman Cricket officials are also not ruling out the possibility of the Sultanate hosting the biggest showpiece event in Muscat. “We are keeping our fingers crossed. It’s the BCCI and ICC who should decide on it,” said a senior Oman Cricket board member on Wednesday.