Sri Lanka & UAE are the two back-up countries which is selected by the ICC if India is unable to host the next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.
One year is still left to host the World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia this year but got postponed due to the rising coronavirus cases & Australia’s inability to manage 16 teams visiting the country for the World Cup. According to a latest report by a leading media house, “Sri Lanka and the UAE are among the back-up venues for the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup, should the COVID-19 pandemic make India an untenable host.”
The ICC confirmed last week that India will host the next year’s T20 World Cup as scheduled in the original Future Tours Programme while this year’s postponed edition in Australia goes ahead in 2022. However it is a standard protocol to have back-ups venues fixed for any Mega 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.
However no one in the BCCI is willing to comment on World Cup issue as they know that there is a long way before the tournament gets started.