The International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed participating countries to bring in 15 players and eight officials for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official confirmed this on Friday. He said that the ICC has set September 10 as the deadline for the participating countries to announce the names of their final 15 players and eight officials, including the coach and support staff.
The Pakistani official also said, ‘The ICC has allowed all participating countries to bring additional players with their squads due to the corona situation and bio ball, but the respective boards will have to bear the cost of these additional players themselves. ICC will bear the cost of only 15 players and eight officials.
The T20 World Cup will be held for the first time since 2016. It will be held from October 17 to November 14 at three venues in Oman and the UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The eight-nation qualifying tournament, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ireland, will be played from September 17 to 23. Out of this, four teams will qualify for the Super-12 stage starting from September 24.
“It is now up to the board to decide how many additional players it sends along with its main squad in view of the Corona situation,” the official said. So that if a player is found to be corona infected or someone is injured, then he can be replaced with additional players. The ICC has informed the boards that they can make changes in the team up to five days before the start of the quarantine period. Let us tell you that the tournament was to be held in India, but due to Corona, it will now be organized in UAE.