2021 Ladies’s T20 Problem prone to be postponed amid Covid-19 wave in India
It’s understood BCCI officers have internally acknowledged the a number of logistical challenges throughout the second wave of Covid-19
The BCCI is prone to postpone the fourth version of the Ladies’s T20 Problem owing to the potential unavailability of abroad gamers within the wake of restrictions imposed by a number of international locations on journey to and from India, the place a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a number of world-record day by day spikes of instances this month.
Though the BCCI has made no announcement on the 2021 T20 Problem but, ESPNcricinfo understands that officers have internally acknowledged the a number of logistical challenges concerned in flying in abroad gamers from international locations like England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Final yr, 12 abroad gamers, together with Deandra Dottin, Sune Luus, Danielle Wyatt, and Nathakan Chantham, featured within the three-team match.
On Tuesday, Australia suspended all direct passenger flights from India as a result of unprecedented spike in Covid-19 instances. The nation had already been placed on the ‘purple checklist’ of nations by the UK.
The T20 Problem is often performed throughout the IPL playoffs week. If the identical window have been to be recognized for this yr, the match would have been held within the final week of Might when the boys’s IPL playoffs are scheduled. Since its inception, the T20 Problem is held at a single venue, with the 2020 version performed in Sharjah when the IPL was staged within the UAE, and the 2019 occasion held in Jaipur.
Whereas the IPL 2021 is being performed in a caravan mannequin – one stadium every in two cities are in operation at one time – throughout six cities, it’s understood that the board had been contemplating Delhi as a possible host for the ladies’s competitors earlier than the second wave of the pandemic wreaked havoc in India.
The T20 Problem began in 2018 as a one-off exhibition match comprising two groups. For the reason that 2019 version, the competitors has featured three groups – Velocity, Supernovas, and Trailblazers – competing in a complete of 4 video games, together with the ultimate, with premier India gamers Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Smriti Mandhana the captains.
Nagraj Gollapudi is information editor at ESPNcricinfo