Iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the final of the World Twenty20 ( T20 World cup )cricket tournament next year from March 11 to April 3, the Board Of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) said today. The BCCI named eight venues for the biennial event, which has been staged across three cities in each of its previous five editions.
Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will be the other venues along with Kolkata, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday. The venues will host both the men’s and women’s tournaments which will be held simultaneously.
These venues will host the matches subject to fulfilling the prescribed requirements of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI while adhering to the statutory obligations that are mandatory for hosting an international match.
“BCCI is extremely proud to host this prestigious event. All the venues identified have hosted many prestigious matches,” board secretary Anurag Thakur said.
“With this announcement, we have begun our preparations in right earnest. We want this World Twenty20 to be a memorable experience for our participants and fans. “I am confident that all the venues nominated will deliver a world class event.”
India co-hosted the 50-over World Cup in 2011 with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and went on to win the tournament. Sri Lanka won the last edition of the tournament in Bangladesh in 2014.
“We want this World Twenty20 to be a memorable experience for our participants and fans. I am confident that all the venues nominated will deliver a world class event.”
The BCCI has also constituted a tournament managing committee with president Jagmohan Dalmiya as its chairman.
The other committee members are Thakur, joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, vice-president G. Ganga Raju, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla, Mumbai Cricket Association vice-president Ashish Shelar and Orissa Cricket Association secretary Ashirbad Behera.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) expressed happiness at the development. BCCI joint secretary Subir Ganguly said the association would leave no stone unturned to make the event a success.
Eden Gardens has hosted important cricket matches over the years in past as well, including the 1987 One-Day International (ODI) World Cup final, where Australia defeated England and the 1996 World Cup semi-final where Sri Lanka beat India.