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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday confirmed that ICC Men’s World Cup 2020 scheduled to be held in Australia has been postponed due to the pandemic.
At the IBC board meeting held on Monday, officials have decided to move the World Cup 2020 to next dates to allow longer qualification period and also to give the sport the best possible opportunity to recover from the crisis caused by COVID-19.
Moreover, a proper clarity on the next three Men’s events was also given to prevent any confusion.
The windows for the Men’s events are:
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held in October-November 2021 and final will be held on 14 November 2021.
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in October-November 2022 and final would be held on 13 November 2022.
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2023 will be held in India in October-November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023.
The IBC Board, a subsidiary of ICC has agreed to continuously monitor the current situation and evaluate all the information in order to make a considerable decision on future hosts of the World Cup to ensure that the global stage is safe to conduct the tournaments in 2021 and 2022.
Though the planning for Women’s World Cup which is to be held in New Zealand is going as per schedule, the IBC board said that it would also evaluate the conditions to be able to properly stage the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2021 in New Zealand.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said that the board has undertaken a proper contingency plan and according to this plan, the priority would be given to health and safety of players and others involved in the sport.
He also said that the decision to postpone this year’s Men’s world cup came after careful consideration of all options available which also gives the best opportunity to two safe and successful T20 world cups for fans across the world.
This additional time would be used to reschedule the games that were lost because of the pandemic and qualification will be ensured on the field of the play.
The board members have now achieved the clarity around event windows to reschedule the lost bilateral and domestic cricket, according to the Chief Executive of ICC.
He stated that throughout the process, the board members have worked closely with governments, medical experts, stake holders and broadcasters to enable them to reach to a feasible decision for the good of fans and players.
He also thanked everyone for their commitment to return to a safer cricket hereafter.
By Gayatri Yellayi