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Potential Countries That Can Play Host To 2021 T20 World Cup

Now that the 2021 Indian T20 League has been suspended due to the breach in Covid protocols, it is all but certain that the 2021 T20 World Cup could also be taken to another country as India is currently struggling to get a grip of the pandemic.

The ICC has already announced the UAE and Sri Lanka as backup venues, but here we will take a look at all the options present in front of the cricket council.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

It is most likely that the 2021 T20 World Cup will be staged in the UAE with the BCCI having hosting rights of the tournament. The UAE has already staged a full-fledged Indian T20 League season back in 2020 when the whole world was right in the middle of the peak of the pandemic. The UAE is in the middle of the second wave and on average have about 1,700 Covid cases daily. But that number is way less than what India is dealing with. With a leak-proof bio bubble and limited travel, the UAE could be the most suitable venue for the 2021 T20 World Cup.

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka was named as the second potential backup venue by the ICC in 2020 and is surely something they would want to look at. The Covid cases are on the rise in the country currently and that can be a concerning factor for the ICC. But team India is due to travel to Sri Lanka in July and that can be a tour where a decision can be made on the feasibility of having the tournament in Sri Lanka.

ENGLAND

The United Kingdom has finally come out of a stringent lockdown and the Covid cases are also on the downward trend in the region. The Government has put forth a strong plan for the reopening of the country and so far the plan is being implemented with efficiency. Football clubs are expecting fans to be attending the last home game of the Premier League season and the European Championship is expected to be played in front of fans in the stadium. The signs are positive and with on-field hotels present in some of the stadiums across England, it could be the perfect destination to set up a secure bio-bubble for the 2021 T20 World Cup.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand has been a pioneer when it comes to dealing with the pandemic so much so that there are zero new cases in the country as we are publishing this article. Fans have started to flock back to the stadiums to attend live sporting events in the country and they have moved back to normalcy way before than any other country did. It could be the most secure place to host a big tournament like the T20 World Cup and it could be hosted in grand style with fans getting an opportunity to witness this spectacle live from various stadiums.

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