Oman is ready to host ‘minimal six matches’ within the T20 World Cup. With 4 groups – Oman, Bangladesh, Muscat and Papua New Guinea – set to be primarily based in Muscat for the qualifying spherical matches, there are discussions on whether or not Oman Cricket might be awarded a number of extra fixtures.
“The schedule is but to be finalised, however it should host a minimal of six matches – with three involving Oman and three from different groups in the identical group,” ICC appearing CEO Geoff Allardice mentioned.
“The BCCI remains to be the host of the occasion, so the discussions across the schedule could be between the ICC and the BCCI when the time is correct. We’ve not obtained into that degree of particulars but. There could be a minimal of six matches in Oman. It might be six or it might be extra,” Allardice mentioned, including that the schedule is but to be finalised.
On Friday, a BCCI delegation – comprising president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, vice-president Rajiv Shukla and treasurer Arun Dhumal – together with an ICC group, reached Oman to recce the grounds and different infrastructure. Sportstar understands the BCCI delegation can be within the Oman capital metropolis until Saturday and is anticipated to finalise the match internet hosting contract and different particulars.
“I’m significantly delighted to be in Oman. As a significant power in world cricket, the BCCI has all the time endeavoured to advertise and help Affiliate Nations. In my capability as Asian Cricket Council President, my imaginative and prescient is to take cricket far and deep into Asia. Co-hosting the World Cup will put Oman Cricket on the worldwide stage. They’re additionally taking part in the Qualifiers and it is going to be an icing on the cake in the event that they make it to the Tremendous 12s,” BCCI secretary Shah mentioned.
Oman was chosen as one of many venues as it could not be attainable to host the complete match throughout simply three centres – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
“The BCCI delegation is sort of impressed with the amenities in Muscat and we’ll take into account all of the elements on whether or not extra matches might be awarded to the venue earlier than finalising the schedule. Since it’s an ICC occasion, they should take a closing choice on what number of matches the nation will host. For now, six video games are undoubtedly confirmed,” a supply within the BCCI informed this publication.
Loads, nonetheless, would depend upon the journey restrictions and the protocols. The ICC chief government said that they’re in contact with the Emirates and the Oman governments concerning the protocols earlier than finalising the schedule. The ICC additionally plans to permit spectators for the video games, nonetheless, a call can be taken after consulting the governments.
The match can be performed between October 17 and November 14.