ICC postpones Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Monday, announced to postpone men’s T20 World Cup 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has been postponed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was scheduled to begin from October 18 2020 in Australia.

“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,” read the official statement issued by ICC.

According to ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney the number one priority for ICC is ‘to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport’.

Meanwhile, ICC has also announced its revised schedules for various tournaments according to which;

  • 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

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However, ICC is hopeful for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 to be held in New Zealand in February next year, as per the original schedule.

The development comes as earlier, on July 9, Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had announced to postpone Asia Cup Tournament which was scheduled to be held in September 2020 due to coronavirus crisis.