Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan feels the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 scheduled to take place in India can be moved to UAE amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Wasim Khan said that it is still certain whether India will be able to host the ICC T20 World Cup or not considering the on-going situation in India with regards to the Coronavirus pandemic. He feels that should the condition not improve, the mega T20 tournament might just be shifted to UAE.
Following the postponement of the T20 World Cup 2020, that was scheduled to take place in Australia earlier this year, the ICC confirmed that India will host the 2021 edition while the 2022 T20 World Cup will be held in Australia.
In an interview with the Cricket Baaz YouTube Channel, Khan said, “There is still some uncertainty over the World T20 being held in India…yes because of the Covid situation there. It could be in UAE.”
India is scheduled to host England before the T20 World Cup next year, which will be followed by the new edition of the IPL beginning tentatively around March end or first week of April. Wasim Khan, however, insisted that it is too early to confirm that the T20 World Cup will be held in India, he thinks that a clearer picture will be out by April 2021.
Analyzing the political situations between India and Pakistan, Wasim Khan has also requested ICC to make sure smooth visas for the Pakistani Cricket Team, so that the team doesn’t have to face any trouble while obtaining 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,” added Khan.