The ICC (International Cricket Council) has allowed all participating nations to bring in 15 players and a maximum of eight officials in the T20 World Cup 2021 to be hosted by the BCCI in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
According to a PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) official, the ICC has set a deadline of September 10 to send the names of players and officials. In view of the threat of corona, bio bubble, and related safety protocols, the participating countries can bring more than 15 players and a team of officials if they want, but the cost of these extra players will have to be bear by the board concerned. ICC will bear the expenses of only 15 players and eight officials.
The apex body of cricket has told all the participating cricket boards that they can make any changes in their team up to five days before the quarantine deadline. Apart from this, if a player is found corona positive in the mandatory test a day before the match, then the concerned team management can field any of the additional players.
The ICC had announced the participating teams’ groups a few days ago, in which India and Pakistan have been placed in the same Group B along with Afghanistan and New Zealand. Both ( India vs Pakistan) arch-rivals will be face to face on October 24 after about two and a half years.
Let us tell you here that the last time the T20 World Cup was hosted by India was in 2016, in which the West Indies team became the winner by defeating England. This shortest but exciting format of cricket started in 2007 in South Africa in which India won the trophy by defeating Pakistan.