'India will host best-ever T20 World Cup', says Sourav Ganguly
The upcoming edition of ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in India during the October-November window. Amid the ongoing wave of COVID-19 cases, there have been apprehensions over organizing the mega sporting events in the nation, including the Indian Premier League. However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly believes India will host the best-ever ICC T20 World Cup despite the present scenario.
It is understood that Ganguly invited the presidents and secretaries of all the state associations to Chennai for the IPL 2021 opener between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore set to be held on Friday. In a letter sent to them, Ganguly also asserted that "normalcy" will return in the country soon, and that the upcoming sporting assignments will likely be conducted smoothly.
"I am hopeful that in the coming season, we will be able to get back to normalcy and have the full domestic season and host the best-ever ICC T20 World Cup," Ganguly wrote in his letter, as quoted by the TOI.
On Wednesday, International Cricket Council (ICC) acting CEO Geoff Allardice said the upcoming T20 World Cup will be held in India as planned, as of now. He also revealed that Plan B has also been formed for the showpiece event. "At this stage we haven't activated those plans, because we are preparing to go ahead with the event in India as scheduled," said Allardice.
BCCI has already organized the Syed Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare Trophy this year besides the India-England series. However, the COVID scare has forced the players to live in bio-bubbles. Considering the same, Ganguly acknowledged their determination and effort. Now, the plight of T20 WC would depend on how the BCCI manages to stage the 14th IPL edition.