OFFICIAL: ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia postponed
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jul 20, 2020, 07:45 pm
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced that the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today's meeting of the IBC (ICC's commercial subsidiary) also saw the calendar for the next three ICC Men's events being decided so as to provide clarity for the next three years as a means to recover from the unexpected interruption that has been caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The calendar for the Men's events are:
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held October – November 2021 with the final on 14 November 2021
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 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
During the meeting, the IBC had reached upon a consensus to observe the COVID-19 situation keenly and also analyse the information available, which will allow future hosts to organize the sport globally in a safe manner and as successful events in 2021 and 2022. The IBC Board will also assess the coronavirus pandemic situation around the world in relation to staging the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand in February next year. As of now, planning for the event is continuing as per the earlier schedule.
Speaking about the decision to postpone the T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney 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."
He added, "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."
He further stated, "Our Members now have the clarity they need around event windows to enable them to reschedule lost bilateral and domestic cricket. 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."
Mr Sawhney concluded saying, "Throughout this process we have worked closely with our key stakeholders including governments, Members, broadcasters, partners and medical experts to enable us to reach a collective decision for the good of the game and our fans. I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment to a safe return to cricket."
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