Men’s World T20 postponed until 2021 by ICC
The men’s World T20 in Australia has officially been postponed by the ICC as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament had been due to be held in Australia in October-November, but it was decided that it is not yet safe enough to host a global event and has now been pushed back a year.
It has led to a reshuffle of ICC events, with the event in Australia now due to be held in October – November of 2021, the 2022 World T20 to be held in India at the same time of year, and the 50 over World Cup also to be held in India in October – November of 2023.
It also means the IPL could now be rescheduled to take place later this year, with the cancelling of the World T20 opening a window in the busy schedule for the tournament to take place – possibly in the UAE as revealed recently.
ICC MEN’S T20 WORLD CUP 2020 POSTPONED – For more details, please refer here: https://t.co/bqjPHt0pP6
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ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said in a statement: “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.
“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.”