T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka Emerges As ‘Dark Horse’ To Host Event
The T20 World Cup is nearly upon us. India was expected to be the original venue of the tournament. However, it seems that the competition could now be moved out of the country. This is due to the existing Covid-19 pandemic that has taken over the world. Keeping that in mind, though the UAE has three venues available, another country has now emerged as an option. The country is India’s South Asian neighbours, Sri Lanka.
Though the UAE has three venues, Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka too has a lot of options. As per the reports, the BCCI want to keep their options open. Colombo alone has three stadiums, which is a huge reason for this potential choice.
Though the BCCI does not want to move the tournament out of India, they have to look at potential back options in case it is needed. UAE has been an option for quite some time now. The Board Of Control For Cricket In India have been in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for quite some time now.
However, it has now been confirmed that in a recent turn of events, Sri Lanka has also managed to enter this race as a ‘dark horse’. They too are keen to help India host the event successfully while gaining some benefits at the same time.
News agency ANI states that a source close to the BCCI officials has confirmed that the BCCI is in talks with both the ECB officials and the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as well.
The comments he made suggested, “There is no denying the fact that BCCI and ECB officials have been having discussions. They are keen on taking the showpiece event to UAE with an eye on the COVID-19 situation in India. Despite that, what also needs to be considered is that hosting the IPL would mean quite a few games, not to forget other tournaments or matches that might be held in some of the venues and tired wickets by the time of the World Cup.”
“Keeping the playing conditions in mind, some talks have been held with SLC officials. Nothing much, just some basic discussions, to be honest. Too early to get into the details, but we still have some time before we need to get back to the ICC to inform them on the situation as the BCCI will continue to have the hosting rights even if it is played outside India.”
It is also understood that the SLC had previously approached the BCCI. That was with the intention of hosting the remaining of the 14th edition of the IPL. It was back in the September-October window, though the BCCI thought otherwise. Let’s see which country finally manages to host the T20 World Cup now.