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Cricket Australia not keen to Host T20 World Cup 2020

Cricket Australia not keen to host T20 World Cup 2020
Cricket Australia not keen to host T20 World Cup 2020

Reportedly Cricket Australia informed the International Cricket Council that it is not very keen to host the men’s version of T20 World Cup which is scheduled in October-November. The Australian cricket board is rather interested in hosting the event in late 2021.

CA sends letter to ICC

According to a report in The Australian, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings sent a letter to ICC’s Financial and Commercial Affairs Committee on Thursday regarding the final dates of T20 World Cup 2020. The event is still scheduled to be held in Australia at the end of this year. But due to pandemic and related issues, the concerned board wants to host the event in late 2021. But during that time of next year, Indian cricket board is scheduled to host another T20 World Cup as of now.

If the T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed, the BCCI will get a window to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. However, in case the International Cricket Council agrees to shift this year’s World Cup to 2021 and gives the rights to the Cricket Australia, then India may be handed over the hosting rights of 2022 edition, as per some reports. According to a BCCI official. “As for one of the ideas that BCCI may hand the hosting rights of the 2021 edition to CA and us hosting the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup, I honestly don’t see that happening. If the T20 World Cup doesn’t happen in Australia in 2020 then it will in 2022 is what we feel.”

ICC media release

The ICC board meeting on Thursday ended within two hours as the major agendas remained unaddressed. Now all will have to wait till June 10 to know about the global body’s decision regarding the upcoming T20 World Cup. “A number of board members had raised their concerns over this issue recently and felt it required immediate attention to ensure the sanctity and confidentiality of board matters in line with the highest standards of governance,” ICC said in a media release.

The release further explained, “There was unanimous agreement to immediately initiate an independent investigation led by the ICC’s Ethics Officer and supported by global experts. The board will be updated on this by the ICC CEO at its next meeting on 10 June 2020.The Board also requested the ICC management continue with their discussions with stakeholders in exploring various contingency options in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the COVID-19 virus.”

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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