Teams express concerns over traveling to India for T20 World Cup: reports

The recent Covid-19 surge in India has created massive doubts about hosting the upcoming T20 World Cup in the country, reports according to Sportstar.

Teams express concerns over traveling to India for T20 World Cup: reports

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is confident of hosting the marquee event in India but, a couple of full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) have raised concerns about traveling to India after seeing the seriousness of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the ICC events and logistics team will travel to India later this month to conduct recce at a couple of venues.

However, the growing crisis of Covid-19 in India can postpone the visit. Also, a senior BCCI official is confident that the ICC annual conference in June will erase all the doubts regarding the tournament.

Also, there are reports of a few member boards interested in shifting the tournament to Australia, which is scheduled to host the next year's event. At first, Australia were supposed to host the T20 World Cup last year but the event was shifted to 2022.

Covid-19 surges are placing a major strain on healthcare systems across the world, with no end in sight to a pandemic that has killed more than three million people. Hospitals in India launched desperate appeals for oxygen on Friday as the nation's Covid crisis plummeted to horrifying new depths.

The wave in India has been blamed on a new "double mutant" virus variant and the government's allowing huge public gatherings that have turned out to be super-spreader events.

The country on Friday reported more than 330,000 new infections and 2,000 deaths in a single day, as healthcare facilities sounded the alarm on oxygen supplies for patients on ventilator support.

"SOS -- less than an hour's oxygen supplies at Max Smart Hospital & Max Hospital Saket," one of the biggest private hospital chains in Delhi said on Twitter.

"Over 700 patients admitted, need immediate assistance."