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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 Postponed due to Pandemic

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 Postponed due to Pandemic
ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 Postponed due to Pandemic

The T20 men’s World Cup 2020 has been postponed by the International Cricket Council on Monday. Owning to the ongoing pandemic worldwide, the ICC took the decision after considering all the options available, according to the global body of cricket.

T20 World Cup postponed

The fate of men’s T20 World Cup was in doubt since March 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19. The International Cricket Body had to go through multiple meeting in the last few months while they kept an eye on the development of the pandemic. The showpiece event was scheduled to be hosted by Australia from October 18. Meanwhile, the Australia Cricket Board also shared their concern over the same. At today’s meeting finally, the ICC took a call of postponing the event.

The IBC board which is the commercial subsidiary of the ICC also zeroes in on the next three ICC men’s events. The windows 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, and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India in October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023.

ICC explains

ICC’s media release on the same read, “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.”

On the other hand, Manu Sawhney, the ICC chief executive, explained, “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 opined “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.”

He also informed that throughout the process the ICC was in close touch with the stakeholders, respective governments, members, medical experts, and everyone associated with the same to take a fair call.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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