Lucknow's Ekana Stadium might host T20 World Cup 2021; decision awaited.
Lucknow's BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium has found its name in the list of 9 venues proposed by the BCCI for the flagship T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled in India. The venues have been decided upon in an apex council of the national cricket board and includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamshala, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai along with Lucknow. The suggestions have been sent to the ICC, which holds the final discretion over the venue selection
Will India host the T-20 World Cup amid COVID fears?
The ICC T-20 World Cup is a 16-team tournament that is slated to be played between October and November this year. While nine locations have been proposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the venues will be picked after reviewing the country's COVID-19 situation.
The ICC also has backup venues in Sri Lanka and UAE but their sole focus is currently invested in India, read reports. The council is also monitoring the current IPL matches, where 8 games have been played by contesting teams, under two bio-bubbles for maximum safety and precaution
While the ICC teams have already done the initial recces of a few venues, the current surge of coronavirus cases in India and the emergent second wave are delaying the final outcome. Reportedly, ICC teams are likely to visit the venues to check the preparations by April 26