The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday postponed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The ICC, in a statement, said that at the meeting of the IBC Board, windows for the next three ICC men’s events were also agreed to bring clarity to the calendar to recover from the disruption caused by COVID-19.
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
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023
“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 said in a statement.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney 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.
Sawhney said the ICC’s 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,” he said.
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 said.
“Throughout this process we have worked closely with our key stakeholders including governments, Members, broadcasters, partners and medical experts to enable us to reach a collective decision for the good of the game and our fans. I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment to a safe return to cricket,” Sawhney said.