ICC postpones T20 World Cup, decks cleared for IPL

Dubai/New Delhi, July 20

The ICC on Monday postponed the T20 World Cup in Australia owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, a long-anticipated determination which paves the way in which for the BCCI to organise the IPL through the October-November window.

The ICC hasn’t but determined whether or not India and Australia will swap the 2021 and 2022 editions between them, each of which can be held within the October-November window.

“The International Cricket Council today confirmed the ICC men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” ICC stated in an announcement.

The ICC T20 World Cup was scheduled Down Under from October 18-November 15 however Cricket Australia, within the month of May itself, had intimated the ICC that it could be close to inconceivable to stage a closed-door occasion of this magnitude with quarantine preparations to be made for 16 worldwide groups.

The ICC deliberated on unspecified contingency plans for over two months earlier than developing with Monday’s determination.

Chief Executive Manu Sawhney stated: “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.”

As far as internet hosting of this version is anxious, the ICC’s business wing can be monitoring varied modalities earlier than coming to a choice on whether or not India will host the 2021 version or swap with Cricket Australia and host theirs in 2022.

“The ICC Business Corporation (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,” it said.

The determination to announce the schedules of the following three World Cups will assist the boards plan extra bilateral engagements and earn income misplaced through the pandemic.

“Our members now have the clarity they need around event windows to enable them to reschedule lost bilateral and domestic cricket,” Sawhney said.

There has been no formal announcement however there’s a risk that the BCCI would possibly shift the Indian Premier League to the United Arab Emirates taking India’s COVID-19 case load into consideration. India has recorded over 11 lakh circumstances up to now with the loss of life toll breaching the 27,000 mark.

The different choice is having a twin-city closed door bio-secure occasion, which was the primary choice of a minimum of one of many stakeholders.

The IPL will probably begin within the final week of September and finish within the second week of November.

“We were waiting for the formal announcement. Now we can at least submit our plans to the government and wait for their necessary clearances. There is scheduling, logistics, operational aspects that need to be taken care of,” a BCCI official informed PTI on circumstances of anonymity.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier expressed confidence that the 12 months would not cross with out the glitzy occasion going forward.

2023 ODI World Cup pushed to October-November             

The ICC males’s ODI World Cup in India will now be held in October-November 2023 (ultimate on November 26) to permit an extended qualification interval to all groups.

Normally the World Cups in India are held between February and March because it occurred in 1996 and 2011 however means again in 1987 (Reliance World Cup), it was held through the festive season.

CEO Sawhney stated: “Moving the boys’s Cricket World Cup to a later window is a crucial ingredient of this and offers us a greater probability of sustaining the integrity of the qualification course of.”

“This additional time will be used to reschedule games that might be lost because of the pandemic ensuring qualification can be decided on the field of play.”

The determination, he stated, was taken in session with all of the stakeholders. “Throughout this process we have worked closely with our key stakeholders, including governments, members, broadcasters, partners and medical experts, to enable us to reach a collective decision for the good of the game and our fans.”  

Women’s 2021 ODI World Cup in New Zealand        

The IBC Board may even proceed to judge the scenario with regards the 2021 ladies’s World Cup in New Zealand in February. In the meantime, planning for this occasion continues as scheduled.

No determination on nomination course of

The ICC did not announce the nomination course of for its subsequent impartial chairman to switch Shahshank Manohar because it has been learnt that members had been but to succeed in unanimity relating to their selection for the following head of the worldwide physique. PTI

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