14 Aug

The ICC confirmed last week that India will host next year's tournament as scheduled in the original Future Tours Programme (FTP) while this year's postponed edition in Australia will go ahead in 2022.

However, it is a standard protocol to have back-up venues listed for any global event.

"Identifying potential back-up venues is standard practice for every ICC event, but it takes on extra significance in this time because of the nature of the pandemic.

"India is currently the third-worst-hit country in the world in terms of cases, according to most data studies, with over 2 million cases so far and over 45,000 deaths.

"The current situation has forced the BCCI to relocate the IPL to the UAE, and only tentative plans are in place for the domestic season," the website further stated.

No one is BCCI is at the moment willing to comment on the issue as there is a long way to go before the tournament starts.

John Stephenson


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