T20 Cricket World Cup postponed until 2021
The men's T20 World Cup due to take place in Australia from October 18 has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Cricket Council announced Monday.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to postpone this year’s T20 World Cup. The decision, taken after four months of monitoring, was arrived at an ICC board meeting held virtually on Monday. Officials said they now hoped to stage the tournament from October to November 2021.
There will also be a T20 World Cup in 2022, with the 2023, 50-over World Cup in India pushed back until October-November of that year.
“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,” said ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney.
“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 said.
The ICC statement also said that the IBC Board (ICC’s commercial arm) will continue to evaluate the situation in relation to being able to stage the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 in New Zealand in February next year and planning for the event will continue.