The BCCI has confirmed the hosting rights for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup last year. The 7th edition of the T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in October and November 2021, with 16 countries participating in the tournament.
After the mid-season postponement of the IPL, it is difficult to say if India can still host the World Cup in October. The BCCI had planned IPL 2021 as a model for the T20 world cup;
All the eight teams played without any home advantage, at neutral venues, with two venues in operation at a time and the tournament spread across six locations. All the teams were also enclosed within a secure bio-bubble in order to conduct the tournament smoothly. But as the bubble started detecting multiple COVID–19 cases, even after following strict protocols, it is now unlikely for India to host the ICC tournament.
Even before the postponement of the tournament, several overseas players fled back to their countries amid the Coronavirus scare. Many countries have imposed strict quarantine restrictions and even banned travelers from India. To avoid all the chaos, the ICC may consider shifting the T20 world cup to its standby venue, UAE. Usually, the venues are finalized at least a year prior to the tournament, but this year the ICC needs to keep the COVID-19 situation in mind.
The BCCI had successfully organized IPL 2020 in UAE, across three venues. ICC may also consider crowds at the stadiums for the T20 world cup. The BCCI has said that they will be interested in running the tournament even if it’s moved to UAE. The Indian board will be at a profit if crowds were allowed at the stadiums, as all the ticketing revenues will be collected by them. Although ICC has not released any official statement regarding the venue for the T20 Men’s World Cup 2021 yet.