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21 Jul 2020

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 postponed: Likely in 2023

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File photo: West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite (right) is ecstating in 2016. But, cricket fans will have to wait almost three years for the next edition. PTI image
File photo: West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite (right) is ecstating in 2016. But, cricket fans will have to wait almost three years for the next edition. PTI image

International Cricket match of Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup was moved to October & November 2023 to allow longer qualification period.

At the meeting of the IBC Board (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC), windows for the next three ICC men’s events were also agreed to bring clarity to the calendar and give the sport the best possible opportunity over the next three years to recover from the disruption caused by COVID-19, said the ICC in its release.

The IBC is the ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC and is the commercial subsidiary of the ICC.

The Board will also continue to evaluate the situation in relation to being able to stage the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021

Windows for next three ICC Men’s events agreed to support rescheduling of bilateral cricket 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 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.

The Board will also continue to evaluate the situation in relation to being able to stage the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, added the release.

“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.

“Throughout this process we have worked closely with our key stakeholders including governments to enable us to reach a collective decision for the good of the game and our fans,” said ICC chief.

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