The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah wrote to the state associations on Monday stating that it was not an easy decision to shift the T20 World Cup to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

In his letter – which Sportstar has seen – Shah wrote that the decision was taken keeping the safety of players in mind. “After much deliberation, it has been decided that safety of players and other stakeholders is of paramount importance, and keeping that in mind, it is best that we shift the ICC T20 World Cup to the United Arab Emirates,” Shah wrote.

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“It was not an easy decision and we mulled over it for months, constantly keeping an eye on the COVID situation all along. However, with the second wave causing such devastation, the decision ultimately boiled down to the safety and well-being of the players…

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