The much awaited decision about the future of T20 World Cup has come and as expected by everyone, it is postponed.
The 7th edition of the ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in October-November 2020 in Australia is now officially been postponed to 2022 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
There were reports making rounds from months about the fate of T20 World Cup and decision to postpone the World Cup , however ICC was not able to arrive at a conclusive decision in its last three meetings. Now the ICC has made an official announcement about the same and the T20 World Cup stands now as postponed.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) in its earlier meeting deferred it’s decision on the T20 World Cup to July. Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings had admitted last month that holding the T20 World Cup in 2020 is “unrealistic”. He also requested the ICC’s Financial and Commercial Affairs Committee to consider allowing them to host the 2021 T20 World Cup instead of 2020, according to a report in the Times of India.
At today’s meeting of the IBC Board (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC), windows for the next three ICC men’s events were also agreed upon.
The windows for the Men’s events are:
– ICC Men’s T20 WC 2021 will be held October – November 2021 with the final on 14 November 2021
– ICC Men’s T20 WC 2022 will be held October – November 2022 with the final on 13 November 2022
– ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023
“IBC Board will also continue to evaluate the situation in relation to being able to stage the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand in February next year. In the meantime, planning for this event continues as scheduled.”
Manu Sawhney, the ICC chief executive, said: “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.
“The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 WC 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 WCs for fans around the world.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are reportedly planning to hold this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the October window if the T20 World Cup is postponed.
IPL governing council Brijesh Patel has said last month that they are just waiting on the decision on the T20 World Cup and are prepared to hold the IPL in September and October.
And now when the T20 World Cup is officially postponed, all the IPL fans will be in ecstasy as they might get the chance of supporting their favourite franchises and seeing their favourite players in action especially the likes of Dhoni, Kohli , Rohit , De-Villiers and Russell.
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And now with IPL likely to take place in UAE, after the postponement of T20 World Cup, it will be interesting to see how the tournament goes .
Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that the board is “Working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year,”
The IPL was scheduled to commence from March 29 but was postponed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.