ICC officially postponed the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in IBC board meeting today. IBC Board is the commercial subsidiary of the ICC (International Cricket Council).
2020 T20 World Cup was scheduled in Australia but there is no clarity to which year the event has been postponed. In the meeting, 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 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.
While planning for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand in February next year continues as scheduled. ICC and IBS will continue to monitor the situation.
In a statement, ICC said, “The IBC Board agreed to continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and assess all the information available to make a considered decision on future hosts to ensure the sport can stage safe and successful global events in 2021 and 2022.”
At the announcement, newly appointed ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was taken after careful consideration of all the options available to us and gives us the best opportunity of delivering two safe and successful T20 World Cups for fans around the world.”