"The World T20 will be bigger and more entertaining this time," said Anurag Thakur © IANS
“The World T20 will be bigger and more entertaining this time,” said Anurag Thakur © IANS

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Friday said that the ICC World T20 2016, which is scheduled to be hosted by India in March to April, will be more entertaining than the precvious editions. “The World T20 will be bigger and more entertaining this time,” said Thakur. “Having learnt from IPL and other leagues, India is ready to host the ICC World T20 2016. We will ensure everyone gets to experience the best of India,” he added. The ICC World T20 2016 is all set to be hosted from March 11 to April 3 in India, as this would also be the sixth annual ICC World T20 event ever since it was inaugurated in 2007.

India won the inaugural edition in South Africa beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final at Johannesburg. The International Cricket Council (ICC) held a meeting in Dubai on January 28 of 2015, where India was chosen as the sole host and it would be played across eight venues around the nation, with the final set to be hosted at the historic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the name of the venues to be hosting the matches of the tournament, as Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamshala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi have been the chosen venues. Sri Lanka are the defending champions, who won the previous 2014 edition in Bangladesh, beating India in the final. However, there is a question mark over Pakistan’s participation in the tournament as they mulled withdrawing if India failed to play a bilateral series against them in December this year.