BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 49th birthday today. While talking to reporters, Ganguly said that if the T20 World Cup is cancelled again then it will be a “massive loss for the game”.
The ICC T20 World Cup was set to take place in Australia in 2020, but it was cancelled due to Covid-19. Even this year, i.e. in 2021, the tournament was set to take place in Inia but it was transferred to UAE due to the rising cases of Corona Virus in India.
Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground will be the stadium that will host the T20 WC 2021.
Ganguly was speaking to reporters on his birthday. He said, “Nothing can be done with this Covid-19 situation, so it is closed doors only. Cricket is obviously started, India is in England, then we will have IPL and then there is T20 World Cup. Cricket won’t stop and it will go on.”
Covid-19 caused financial losses to almost all sectors, including sports. The BCCI president reiterated that to avoid losses, World Cup is being shifted to “a safer place” this year.
“These are exceptional circumstances. Last year World Cup got cancelled. This year if again it gets cancelled because of Covid, then it is a massive loss for the game. That is why it is being taken to a safer place,” he added.
“We would have been happier hosting it 9T20 World Cup) in India but considering the uncertainty due to the Covid 19 situation and the importance of a world championship, the BCCI will now continue to host this tournament in UAE and Oman. The BCCI is looking forward to creating a spectacle,” Ganguly had told earlier.