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2021 T20 WC in India could be shifted to UAE due to Covid complications, feels Wasim Khan

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PCB CEO Wasim Khan is of the opinion that with the Covid situation in India, the tournament might have to be shifted to UAE but added that a clearer picture will emerge only in April.

After the 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup was shifted to Australia at the peak of the Coronavirus situation in India, everyone was skeptical if the situation would improve the following year.

Although the BCCI is committed to get the full tournament rolling, PCB CEO Wasim Khan is apprehensive about the same and stated that the tournament might have to be shifted to the UAE, just like the IPL 2020.

“There is still some uncertainty over the World T20 being held in India…yes because of the Covid situation there. It could be in the UAE,” Khan said in an interview to the Cricket Baaz YouTube channel.

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As a matter of fact, Sourav Ganguly already announced that India would host the England series and the 2021 IPL at home, which can act as a prepping ground for the forthcoming T20 World Cup. Khan believes that everyone will have a clearer picture by the end of April – when India are slated to host the IPL.

Khan seeks confirmation from ICC regarding visa from India

With the geopolitical relationship between India and Pakistan not being at the best, there are confusions surrounding the Visa thing for the Pakistani players. Thus, PCB applied at the ICC to grant them written confirmation by January regarding the same.

“Yes Mani Sahab (PCB chief Ehsan Mani) has written to them and requested them that given the state of relations between India and Pakistan, it would be best if the ICC and BCCI gives a written assurance about the visas being issued to us,” Khan said.