International Cricket Council was brainstorming over the decision on hold T20 World Cup this year finally came up with the decision. Almost 50 days after the initial meeting of ICC’s board of directors first met, a statement was released on Monday that read, “The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.”
In doing so, ICC might have cleared the way for India to organize IPL this year in UAE. Due to the worsening condition of COVID-19 in the country, if the government gives permission, Indian premier league might be held in UAE in October-November.
ICC in the statement also released the rearranged schedule for the cricket events for the coming year. The announced changes are as following:
Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be in held Australia in October-November, with the final on November 14
Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be held October-November, 2022 with the final on November 13
Men’s (50-over) World Cup to be held in India in 2022 will now be held in October-November 2023 with the final on November 26.
In statement ICC said that it rescheduled the 2023 50-over World Cup in India by six months “to allow a longer qualification period”.
The 2021 edition of T20 World Cup will be held in India as previously scheduled while the 2022 edition of the tournament will be hosted in Australia. The Cricket Australia informed ICC in May this year that due to pandemic situation it will be difficult to host T20 World Cup as setting up isolated stayed for 16 international teams will be difficult.
The ICC statement included the details of how the IBC Board (ICC’s commercial arm) is continuously evaluating the situation in to be able to stage the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 in New Zealand in February next year.
ICC CEO Manu Sawhney told, “The decision to postpone the 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.”