BCCI interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya has said that India is willing to co-host the ICC World T20 in 2014 if Bangladesh is unable to get its venues ready in time. “If Bangladesh is not able to meet the deadline for getting the four venues — Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Mirpur and Chittagong — ready by August then we are there to help them by giving them some stand-by venues,” Dalmiya was quoted as teliing reporters on Thursday.
ICC has set an August deadline for the venues to be ready. The World T20 is scheduled to be held in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6, 2014. And two venues, Sylhet Stadium and the new stadium in Cox's Bazar, are ones which didn’t satisfy the ICC delegation when they came to inspect them last month.
But Dalmiya was hopeful that Bangladesh were able to get the venues ready in time. “We look at this situation with sympathy and are not rejoicing at their problem. We can definitely stand for our neighbour if we are given advance information for any support needed,” he said.
"A marquee World Cup match was taken away from Eden Gardens in 2011. We will never do that with anyone,” Dalmiya was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
“But Bangladesh has to complete the work by August. India has been given the hosting rights of the World T20, World Test Championship and the 50-over World Cup in 2016, 2021 and 2023 respectively. So we don't want to jump the gun as far as the next year's World T20 is concerned. At the same time, we want to see the tournament doesn't face any hiccups," he added.