COVID-19 Impact: ICC T20 World Cup postponed until October 2021
The International Cricket Council has postponed the T20 Cricket world cup due to coronavirus pandemic. In an online meeting held by board officials today, the apex cricket body decided to defer the tournament, which was scheduled from October 18 to November 15 in Australia.
“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 ICC said in a statement.
The ICC also released the revised dates for their three upcoming global events in men's cricket
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held October –Nov 2021 with the final on 14 Nov 2021.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be held Oct –Nov 2022 with the final on 13 Nov 2022.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India Oct-Nov 2023 with the final on 26 Nov.
The ICC, however, did not mention the venue for the T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022. The cricket panel also mulled upon bringing more clarity on the schedule of events in the coming season.
“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,” it added.
The global event was scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15 in Australia but the country’s cricket board had already expressed its inability to host the event. Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman Earl Eddings termed the idea of hosting T20 World Cup amid the COVID-19 pandemic as “unrealistic”. The postponement of T20 World Cup will clear the decks for BCCI to reschedule its postponed Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian cricket body is mulling over the idea of holding the 13th edition of IPL outside India. The ICC's move will give enough time to the board to start preparations.
Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha