New Delhi: The T20 World Cup 2021 is expected to begin in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on October 17. The final match of the tournament will be played on November 14. In the next meeting, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will apprise the International Cricket Council (ICC) of its decision to shift the 16-country tournament to UAE. Three places in UAE- T20 World Cup matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai. Oman will host the qualifiers.
Due to corona in India, IPL 2021 had to be stopped midway. The second phase of the tournament will now be played from September 17 to October 15. Two days later, the T20 World Cup will begin. BCCI wanted to host the T20 World Cup in India, but two issues came in the way. It is learnt that they did not get any tax concession from the Government of India. At the same time, BCCI is concerned about how eager the international players will be to come to India after the IPL is suspended due to corona cases in the bio-bubble.
During a virtual meeting with all state associations a few weeks ago, the board members were told by BCCI officials that shifting the T20 World Cup to UAE would save about 41 per cent of the board's total earnings. If the T20 World Cup is played in India, the board will have to pay heavy taxes. BCCI did not get tax exemption when he hosted the T20 World Cup in 2016. At the same time, the Board does not want to take any risk as the new delta variant of the Covid-19 virus has been detected in India.