At today’s 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. 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 International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the ICC said in a release. 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. Despite clamors of UAE emerging as a prime candidate to host the T20 league, the BCCI had maintained that their priority is to ensure the IPL stays in India and that moving it abroad will be the ‘last resort.’
The growing extent of Covid-19 around the world is believed to be the reason behind the call. Australia, which was one of the least-affected Covid-19 countries in the world, has reported a steep rise in the number of cases in Victoria and New South Wales. The T20 World Cup was scheduled to run from October 19 to November 15 but Cricket Australia, earlier, had already indicated that it may not be able for them to host it owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 from October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023.
IPL 2020 will be held from September 26 to November 6th in UAE. IPL schedule to be out in August first week. Indian Players will move to Dubai for a 5-week training camp from August 3rd week to September 1st week.
“We can’t keep our plans on hold. ICC has to decide on the T20 World Cup way forward and we have to decide on our plans. That is the reason tentative window has been zeroed down and we will start preparing as per this window for IPL”, said one of the BCCI members.