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ICC T20 World Cup 2021

T20's premier tournament moved to India from Australia

For millions of cricket lovers world over waiting with bated breath for the T20 World Cup to begin in Australia this October, the postponement of the popular tournament to late 2021 came as a bitter disappointment. It will now be played in India in the months of October and November 2021. Keeping in mind the raging Covid-19 pandemic, senior International Cricket Council (ICC) officials felt it would be too big a risk to stage the tournament this year although Australia was among the lesser affected countries. So a final decision to move the games to India was taken on July 30, 2020 in a Council meeting. 

The top 9 teams in the ICC rankings automatically qualified for the 2021 World Cup while they were joined by six teams later through a process of qualification games, They are Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Namibia, Scotland and Oman.

It was a proud moment for the equatorial nation of Papua New Guinea as they qualified for a World Cup in any format for the first time. In fact, they became the first team to qualify directly for the 2021 Men's ICC T20 World Cup, after they won the Group A cluster of the qualifier tournament, finishing above the Netherlands on net run rate.

One of the major talking points is the fate of the El Classico of cricketing events "the India v Pakistan clash" given the frosty diplomatic relations between the two nations. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approached the ICC seeking assurance that the Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) will grant visas to India for its players and officials with PCB CEO Wasim Khan setting a January 2021 ultimatum for resolution of the issue.

What would happen if India were unable to host the tournament?  ICC has zeroed in on Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the back-up countries in case that happened. In fact the UAE has demonstrated that it can stage a major tournament by holding the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) in months September through to November of this year. The IPL 2020 was moved from the parent nation owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been nearly 8.5 million Covid-19 cases in India as of date with deaths totalling 125,000. But with the number of cases rapidly declining of late, the pandemic is expected to go away by early next year. Till then, a cricket-crazy nation is willing to wait for the games to begin by year end.