An Indian Cricket Council official said the decision was made due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the host country.
Twenty20 World Cup to be moved from India to United Arab Emirates due to coronavirus pandemic, Indian cricket council official says.
The Cricket Control Council in India (BCCI) said it had informed the International Cricket Council, the world body for the sport, of its decision to host the event in the United Arab Emirates in October and November.
“We have informed the ICC of the decision to move the World Cup to UAE. We have had no options as the COVID-19 situation is unclear and travel restrictions remain,” said the treasurer. from BCCI, Arun Dhumal, to international media.
“The dates will be more or less the same and we will work out the details soon. “
The ICC had given the BCCI a deadline of late June to decide on the host country of the T20 flagship event due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in India.
BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla said the qualifiers could take place in Oman while the rest of the matches will take place at three UAE venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
BCCI had already moved the suspended Indian Premier League to the United Arab Emirates in September-October after the T20 tournament was shut down on May 4 due to a number of players and team officials infected with COVID-19.
The UAE has been a prime destination for cricket as Pakistan’s Super League wrapped up last week in the Gulf country. The IPL was also held in the United Arab Emirates last year.
The pandemic disrupted the world cricket calendar last year and even after matches resumed in July 2020, players were confined to bio-bubbles and strict quarantine protocols.
The ICC has meanwhile postponed the T20 World Cup initially scheduled for Australia in 2020.
India received the hosting rights in 2021 and Australia was chosen as the host for the 2022 edition.
India, home to 1.3 billion people, has relaxed some lockdown restrictions in recent weeks following a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections and deaths in April and May.
But health officials fear a new wave will sweep through the country, the second most infected in the world after the United States, later this year.