Men’s T20 World Cup moved to UAE and Oman – Asia Despatch

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West Indies celebrate winning the 2016 T20 World Cup
West Indies are the current T20 men’s world champions after beating England in Kolkata in 2016

The men’s Twenty20 World Cup has been moved from India to the United Arab Emirates and Oman because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament will still take place from 17 October to 14 November.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) gave India a deadline of Monday to say whether it could still host the tournament amid a rise in Covid cases.

ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice said the move brings “certainty” that the tournament can be held safely.

“Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full and in its current window,” he said.

“While we are incredibly disappointed not to be hosting the event in India, the decision gives us the certainty we need to stage the event in a country that is a proven international host of multi-team events in a bio-secure environment.”

The tournament was originally due to be held in Australia in the autumn of 2020 but was postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic and later moved to India.

More to follow.

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