The Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah wrote to the state associations on Monday stating that it was not a straightforward resolution to shift the T20 World Cup to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
In his letter – which Sportstar has seen – Shah wrote that the choice was taken retaining the protection of gamers in thoughts. “After a lot deliberation, it has been determined that security of gamers and different stakeholders is of paramount significance, and retaining that in thoughts, it’s best that we shift the ICC T20 World Cup to the United Arab Emirates,” Shah wrote.
“It was not a straightforward resolution and we mulled over it for months, always maintaining a tally of the COVID state of affairs all alongside. Nonetheless, with the second wave inflicting such devastation, the choice in the end boiled all the way down to the protection and well-being of the gamers and organisers. There’s nothing extra that we might have wished than to host this prestigious event in India, but it surely was to not be,” he added.
In a separate letter, the Board president Sourav Ganguly, too, knowledgeable the state items that the choice needed to be taken retaining all components in thoughts. “Though, vaccination within the nation goes at breakneck velocity, there are stories of a 3rd wave and completely different variants, which we simply can not ignore. There’s nothing extra that we might have wished than to host this prestigious event in India, but it surely was to not be,” Ganguly wrote within the letter.
On Monday, the BCCI formally knowledgeable the ICC that it might not be attainable to host the occasion in India because of the pandemic. Ganguly confirmed that the qualifiers will probably be held in Oman, whereas the primary leg will probably be performed throughout three venues within the UAE.