The upcoming Twenty20 cricket World Cup could move to the UAE from India due to the second wave of Covid-19 sweeping through the country.
The tournament is due to begin in October. But with India’s death toll over 200,000 and daily infection rates soaring above 300,000 there are serious concerns over India hosting the tournament.
Many countries have closed their borders with India including the UAE, Australia and the UK.
If the tournament does need to be moved, then the UAE is the first choice.
Dhiraj Malhotra, from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said: “[If we had to move the tournament] It would be to the UAE. “We will be doing the normal scenario, and worst-case scenario, so with all that we’re talking to the ICC at the moment.”
India is currently hosting the IPL tournament in empty grounds and teams staying within highly secure bubbles.
But several high-profile stars have left the tournament to fly home. And others are questioning whether the tournament, one of the richest leagues in the game, can continue while India suffers.
“There’s not been any clear implication of any clear directive that it is bad to host the IPL, or good to host the IPL,” Malhotra added.
The UAE stepped in to host the IPL last season with great success, with games hosted across Sharjah, Dubai and the UAE.