The Twenty20 World Cup is the latest international event to be postponed, with organisers reaching the decision last night.
This year’s event was due to be held in Australia, with the International Cricket Council yet to confirm whether we’ll retain the hosting rights.
At a board meeting yesterday, 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.
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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 dates for this years events will be announced in due course.
The chief executive of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Nick Hockley says he’s confident Australia would host an outstanding tournament when a revised date is set.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting sporting tournaments across the globe and cricket is not immune.
“The complexities and risks around hosting a 16-team international event in October in the current environment ultimately proved sufficient for the ICC to postpone the event.
“A lot of hard work has gone into hosting the tournament in Australia this year and I would like to thank everyone involved for their passion and commitment.
“The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year will forever be remembered as a groundbreaking moment in Australian sport, and I have no doubt the men’s edition will also be a spectacular event.
“We accept the ICC’s decision to postpone the T20 World Cup in Australia. It was a decision made with the safety and wellbeing of fans, players, officials and staff in mind.
“We are confident that with this decision, we will give ourselves the best chance to safely welcome fans into the outstanding venues across the country to enjoy watching the world’s best men’s cricketers compete in this major global event in either 2021 or 2022.
“Cricket Australia now looks forward to hosting a safe and successful summer of bi-lateral cricket,” Hockley said.