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NE Sports Desk

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in its 7th Apex Council meeting, which was held virtually on Friday, has decided on 9 venues, which includes the likes of Hyderabad and Dharamshala as well, for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 later in the year.

The BCCI has zeroed in on venues where T20 World Cup will be held with Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium hosting the final. The other venues are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Dharamsala. Moreover, the Pakistan cricket team, led by Babar Azam, will have no difficulty in travelling to India for the ICC T20 World Cup in October as the government is set to grant visas to the players from the neighbouring nation.

India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series for many years now due to political tension between two countries.

The seventh edition of the tournament was originally scheduled in Australia last year, but due to the pandemic, the event was postponed and shifted to India, which was initially fixed to host the 8th edition in 2021.  As per the reports, the final will be played at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium will host the final. Photo: Twitter

“The nine venues have been informed and it was again discussed that preparations should continue for the showpiece event with an eye on the COVID-19 situation and a call will only be taken closer to the event. It is too early to imagine what can or will happen in October-November with regards to the coronavirus situation. But preparations shall be on,” BCCI sources in the know of developments told ANI.

India is the inaugural champion when former captain MS Dhoni-led the side to victory in South Africa in 2007. West Indies remain the only team to win the trophy twice, with one each for Pakistan, England, and Sri Lanka.

The meeting also discussed India’s participation in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, and the next domestic season.

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