“Our first choice is India”

Rajiv Shukla confident to host the T20 World Cup in India due to the change of situation as the event arrives.

IPL Commissioner Rajiv Shukla. (Photo source: Twitter)

Officials from the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) sealed the fate of the IPL on May 29, declaring the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the remaining 31 matches of the 14e Indian Premier League edition (IPL). At the same meeting, BCCI officials also said they would discuss player availability with foreign boards.

The other big discussion at the same meeting concerned the verdict of the ICC T20 World Cup. India is the current host of the global event scheduled to take place in October. Currently, the country is battling a strong second wave of COVID-19, but BCCI is confident that things could change as the event is still five months away.

BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla, in a recent interview with Khaleej Times, said the board is still optimistic about hosting the flagship event in India.

“This issue was also debated. Our first choice is India. So we’re going to ask the ICC for a little time, about a month, to decide on this, ”Shukla told the Khaleej Times.

“If towards the end of June or maybe the first week of July things are not good there (India), then obviously (T20 World Cup) will come to the United Arab Emirates.”

India also hosted the last time the T20 World Cup was held in 2016 and the event was successful and competitive. This time too, Shukla is confident to host the large-scale event.

Rajiv Shukla confident to host T20 World Cup in India

“If the situation improves (in India) and we are able to host it, then we will host it there (in India),” he added.

The IPL came to a screeching halt due to the increase in Covid-19 cases inside the teams’ bio-bubbles. After much deliberation, the BCCI finally managed to secure a window in September-October to wrap up the remaining matches in the United Arab Emirates.

The fate of the availability of foreign players is still a bit unclear as Australia have already withdrawn and England players also appear to be withdrawing due to a busy schedule in which they will play a five-game test series against India and The Hundred tournament.

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