Uncertainty looms over India, which is hosting the T20 World Cup this year after the Indian Premier League (IPL) was postponed on Tuesday after growing positive cases of Covid-19 in four of the eight competing teams and across India.
The IPL bio-bubble had to be tight and impenetrable despite the growing number of Covid-19 cases across the country. However, the emergence of positive cases in half of the IPL teams raised questions about the ability of the Indian cricket board to create a safe biological environment.
The World Cup is scheduled for October-November in India.
Although there are still five months until the tournament and the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) believes that there is still time, the forced suspension of the tournament is unlikely to have a good effect on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the other national boards for cricket.
An ICC team that was supposed to visit India during the IPL canceled / postponed its program due to the pandemic.
A senior BCCI official last week confirmed that the UAE had already been reserved as a backup for the T20 Wold Cup.
“This would be the UAE. We hope again that this will be done by the BCCI. So, we will take the tournament there, but it will still be done by the BCCI,” Diraj Malhotra, general manager (Game Development), told the podcast. BBC Stumped last week.
India is witnessing an increase in Covid-19 cases with daily new cases ranging from 3.5 to 4 varnishes. In addition, India reports about 3,500 deaths a day.
If the situation does not improve in the future, other cricket boards may be reluctant to send their teams. Even while the IPL was under way, with no reports of Covid-19 being reported, some Australian players and commentator Michael Slater left the bio-balloon to return home.
If the T20 World Cup does not take place in India, for the first time India will host an international tournament or series outside the country.
BCCI has hosted IPL abroad twice before – in South Africa in 2009 and in the UAE in 2020. It also hosted part of the 2014 IPL edition in the UAE.
There were negotiations this year to hold an IPL in the UAE, but part of the BCCI did not agree with him and instead decided to accept him in India.
On Monday, two Calcutta Knight Riders – Varun Chakravarti and Sandype Warrier – and Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Laxmipati Balaji tested positive, while a SunRisers Hyderabad player on Tuesday (Wriddhiman Saha) and the capitals of Delhi (believed to be Amit Mishra) are positive. In addition, two CSK support staff members were also positive.