International Cricket Council finally announced the T20 World Cup 2020 to be postponed, on Monday. After so many ifs and buts, the ICC board of directors finally met to take a call on Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
The governing body of ICC sent a statement that said, “The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was taken after careful consideration of all of the options available to us and gives us the best possible opportunity of delivering two safe and successful T20 World Cups for fans around the World,” said ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney.
IPL gets its Window
The decision also gives the way for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates this year. “Now that there is a window, we will seek the government’s permission to host the IPL. We are looking to host it in UAE. A decision will be taken in the IPL governing council meeting this week”, said Brijesh Patel, the IPL chairman.
The ICC also shifted the 2023 One Day World Cup in India from February-March to October-November with the final match being scheduled on November 26, 2023.
“Moving the Men’s Cricket World Cup to a later window is a critical element of this and gives us a better chance of maintaining the integrity of the qualification process. This additional time will be used to reschedule games that might be lost because of the pandemic ensuring qualification can be decided on the field of play,” Sawhney said.
He also added,” This additional time will be used to reschedule games that might be lost because of the pandemic ensuring qualification can be decided on the field of play.”
As per new ICC release, there will be back to back T20 World Cups that will be held in 2021 and 2022. But due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the game’s governing body has not taken any call on the sequence in which, the countries will host the tournament. India was originally scheduled to host the 2021 T20 World Cup but due to the postponement, it may change later on.
“At today’s meeting, windows for the next three ICC Men’s events were also agreed to bring clarity to the calendar and give the sport the best possible opportunity over the next three years to recover from the disruption caused by COVID-19.”
“We have undertaken a comprehensive and complex contingency planning exercise and through this process, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport,” Manu added.
Schedule of ICC Men’s World Cup
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held October – November 2021 with the final on 14 November 2021, the statement said.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be held October – November 2022 with the final on 13 November 2022, it added.
The 50-over World Cup in 2023 will be held in India October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023, it said.
The ICC did not mention where the T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 will be held.
The 2021 T20 World Cup was originally slated to be held in India.
Previously, the Asia Cup, Bangladesh Tour of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh New Zealand Test series got postponed due to the pandemic. However, BCCI confirmed that they are considering all options to host IPL.