The Board of Control for Cricket in India is gearing up to host the T20 World Cup in India next year. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had planned to hold two mega-events in the shortest format in 2020 and 2021. The WC was scheduled to be played in Australia this year but the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world postponed the event until 2022, while the 2022 version was in India.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has shortlisted places for the T20 World Cup. India has hosted the World Cup in the layoff format once before 2016 when the West Indies won the trophy. The MS Dhoni-led team reached the semi-finals of the tournament, but only the Caribbean team knocked them out of the tournament.
As far as the shortlisted places are concerned, the BCCI has chosen Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mohali, Dharamshala, Kolkata, and Mumbai to host matches during the World Cup. But some members are not happy with the decision. They expect widespread distribution and are likely to raise the issue at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on 24 December.
The President of the West Zone State Association said according to the Indian Express,
“It is a matter of pride for every center to host World Cup matches. We have high-end stadiums and top facilities and we want the BCCI to consider our case as well. We are fine with big centers hosting India’s matches but at least give us some matches. We will raise this issue at the AGM. “
Another major decision to be taken at the BCCI AGM is about the inclusion of new IPL teams for the upcoming edition.
The BCCI official said,
“With the lack of time before the 14th season of the cash-rich league, possibly new IPL teams will be added for the 2022 edition. We will decide a new team or two after the matter is put before the members. 2021 or 2022. We want to move forward on the basis of consensus. “