The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday confirmed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICC held a meeting on Monday to decide the fates of three major events in the coming years. In this meeting, the IBC Board (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC), 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 the coronavirus.
Instead of 2020, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will take place in October-November 2021 with the final on November 14. The 2022 edition of the same event will take the place on October-November with the final on November 13.
The next ICC Men’s World Cup (50-over) will take the place on October-November 2023 with the final on November 26.
“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,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said in a statement.
The IBC Board agreed to continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and assess all the information available in order to make a considered decision on future hosts to ensure the sport is able to stage safe and successful global events in 2021 and 2022.
“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,” as ICC Chief Executive also added in the statement.
International cricket was held for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadlock came to an end when England took on West Indies in a Test series at home recently. However, most of the cricket-playing nations are still waiting to get back to the field to resume cricketing activities.
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