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Covid-19: ICC postpones men’s T20 cricket world cup

Vishnu Vasisht

The much awaited decision of the ICC has come out. Eventually the T20 World Cup, to be held in October-November this year, has been postponed. The decision was taken at a meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) board via teleconference on Monday. With this, the way of organizing the Indian Premier League (IPL) has also been opened.

"The ICC postponed the proposed Men's T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia due to the Covid-19 epidemic," it said in a statement released from the ICC. The T20 World Cup was to be held from October 18 to November 15.

Cricket Australia had informed the ICC in the month of May that in the current circumstances it would be almost impossible to host the tournament and it would be difficult for 16 international teams to arrange for segregation.

Earlier Australia's Sports Minister Richard Kolbeck said his country could overcome the challenge of hosting teams for the T20 World Cup, but the main issue is whether to hold the tournament in empty stadiums without spectators.

Due to the situation of coronavirus, in this year, the T20 World Cup was difficult to organize with the audience in Australia and without the audience there is no meaning of organizing a tournament like the World Cup, so it has been postponed.

The statement said, "In today's meeting, the ICC Board (ICC's commercial unit) tried to bring more clarity in the next three-year calendar".

Along with this, the proposed ODI World Cup in India in 2023 will be played in November instead of March-April, so that time can be found for the qualifying process.

  • The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 will be held in October-November 2021 and the final will be held on 14 November 2021.
  • The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in October-November 2022 and the final will be held on 13 November 2022.
  • The ICC Men's World Cup 2023 will be held in India in October-November 2023 and the final will be held on 26 November 2023.

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