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Mohammad Azharuddin elated as Hyderabad chosen as venue for T20 World Cup

Written by Vipin Darwade

Former India captain and the president of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) Mohammad Azharuddin expressed delight as the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in the city was reportedly chosen as one of the venues for the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November this year.

Hyderabad, which has hosted 6 ODIs and 5 T20Is so far, will be hosting a match from the ICC event for the first time if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finalises the venues. According to the Press Trust of India, the Indian cricket board has zeroed in on 8 venues for the T20 World Cup after their apex council meeting.

While Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium has been picked to host the final of the T20 World Cup, the other venues are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Dharamsala.

Azharuddin, taking to Twitter on Saturday, said Hyderabad was picked as one of the venues after “much persuasion.

“Great news that Hyderabad will host some of the ICC World #T20 games. After much persuasion Hyderabad has been selected as a venue for ICC game for the very first time,” Mohammad Azharuddin wrote on social media.

Notably, Mohammad Azharuddin was not happy when Hyderabad was left out as one of the venues for IPL 2021. However, the BCCI reportedly picked Hyderabad and Lucknow as back-up venues due to the Covid-19 situation in India.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan cricket team, led by Babar Azam, will have no difficulty in travelling to India for the ICC T20 World Cup in October as the government is set to grant visas to the players from the neighbouring nation. It has been learnt that BCCI secretary Jay Shah has informed the Apex Council about government’s decision on giving visas to the Pakistan players.

“The visa issue of Pakistan cricket team has been sorted. However whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear,” an Apex Council member told PTI.

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