The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday officially postponed this year’s T20 World Cup slated to held in Australia. The decision was announced after a decisive round of deliberation when the ICC board met virtually.
The tournament was scheduled to take place between October 18 to November 15 in Australia, but Cricket Australia’s (CA) chairman Earl Eddings, back in June, opined that it would “unlikely” and “unrealistic” for the nation to stage the tournament. Besides, Australia has witnessed a recent surge in the number of of COVID-19 cases in Victoria over the last few weeks.
“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 ICC stated in a release. “The 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.”
- 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
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 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.