New Delhi: Uncertainty looms over India hosting the T20 World Cup this year after the Indian Premier League (IPL) was postponed on Tuesday following rising Covid-19 positive cases in four out of the eight competing teams, and all over India.
The IPL bio-bubble was supposed to be tight and impenetrable despite the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the country. However, the emergence of positive cases in half of the IPL teams has put question marks over the Indian cricket board’s ability to put up a safe bio-secure environment.
The World Cup is scheduled to be held in October-November in India.
Although the tournament is still five months away and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) feels there is still time, the forced suspension of the tournament is unlikely to go down well with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the other national cricket boards.
An ICC recce team that was supposed to visit India during the IPL cancelled/postponed its programme due to the pandemic.
A top BCCI official last week confirmed that the UAE has already been kept as a standby venue for the T20 Wold Cup.