With the T20 World Cup 2021 nearing with each passing day, every news regarding the tournament is grabbing the eyeballs. Another development has come recently as the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed the participating nations to bring in a 23-member contingent.
A pool of 15 players and 8 officials has been decided by the ICC. Speaking to PTI, an official from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) provided the information. Confirming the news on Friday, the official informed that the ICC has told every participating nation to send the list of their selected 15 players, along with coaches and supporting staff by September 10.
However, keeping the covid situation in mind, teams can take the additional players with them. But their expenses will not be borne by the ICC.
“The ICC has also allowed all participating nations to bring additional players with their squads because of the COVID-19 situation and bio-secure bubble but the concerned boards will have to bear the costs of these additional players.The ICC bears the expenses of only 15 players and eight official,” a PCB official was quoted as saying to PTI.
“It is now up to the boards to decide how many additional players they want to have with their main squads given the COVID-19 situation because if any player tests positive or they are injury issues, the teams can take replacements from their additional players. But the boards have to send their squads by 10th September,” he added.
The original plan was to host the World Cup in India. But as the situation became grim in the country, the tournament has now been shifted to UAE and Oman. The tournament is scheduled to start from 17th October and will continue till 14th November.