The BCCI has reportedly picked up nine venues for the ICC T20 World Cup in October.
The marquee event will take place later this year in these nine venues – Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. Ahmedabad with its newly made facility was supposed to be leading in getting matches but now Lucknow’s brand new stadium is also in the race, it seems.
Howveer, apart from these two venues, Dharamsala and Hyderabad are also new additions to the list of venues as well. These four venues didn’t get a single game when India last time hosted the ICC T20 World Cup in 2016.
On the other hand, Hyderabad getting some games is a good sign for HCA (Hyderabad Cricket Association) as they were desperately wanted to host some of the games in the 2021 edition of IPL. No games mean no revenue for the state associations as well. Meanwhile, Mohali is not on this list. And, Ahmedabad will host the final, as per the report. The Narendra Modi Stadium will also host the IPL 2021 Final on May 29th as well.
ICC T20 World Cup final will take place in Ahmedabad
“The nine venues have been informed and it was again discussed that preparations should continue for the showpiece event with an eye on the Covid-19 situation and a call will only be taken closer to the event. It is too early to imagine what can or will happen in October-November with regards to the coronavirus situation. But preparations shall be on,” a BCCI source told ANI.
Apart from the venues of the ICC T20 World Cup, there were many other things that were discussed in the BCCI’s Apex Council meeting, including India’s participation in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and starting the domestic cricket in India as well.
“There were discussions on the domestic calendar as well as the BCCI is very serious about it and we are looking at September to kickstart the season with the Mushtaq Ali and then the 50-over and days format, but then have to see how things pan out. You cannot guess the future in these circumstances,” the source further added.