Dubai, July 20
This yr’s T20 World Cup turned a high-profile casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic immediately after the game’s governing International Cricket Council (ICC) postponed the event scheduled in October-November.
The ICC has been exploring contingency plans since hosts Cricket Australia acknowledged the logistical challenges concerned in staging a 16-team event amid journey and different restrictions this yr.
Consequently, there will probably be back-to-back males’s T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 earlier than the 50-over World Cup in India in 2023.
In the unique calendar, India was scheduled to host the 2021 version of the T20 World Cup. The ICC didn’t specify the internet hosting order and a spokesman informed Reuters the governing physique was but to finalise, between India and Australia, who will host which version.
The highly effective Indian cricket board (BCCI) is eager to stage the 2021 version to keep away from internet hosting back-to-back ICC occasions in 2022 and 2023.
The BCCI has resented a late name on the destiny of this yr’s World Cup, saying the uncertainty created a scheduling headache for the cricket boards already bruised by the pandemic’s monetary affect. The BCCI has additionally been open about its plans to stage its delayed Indian Premier League within the now-vacant October-November slot.
The ICC additionally moved the 2023 ODI World Cup in India to an October-November window from its unique February-March slot. “Moving the World Cup to a later window … gives us a better chance of maintaining the integrity of the qualification process,” ICC chief government Manu Sawhney stated. — Reuters
Way cleared for IPL
The World Cup’s postponement has paved the best way for the BCCI to organise the Indian Premier League in the course of the October-November window.
Back-to-back T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022
ICC but to finalise who — between India andAustralia — will host which version
2023 ODI World Cup in India moved from February-March to October-November window