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Monday, July 20, 2020

ICC postpones T20 World Cup 2020 & way for IPL 2020 cleared

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Monday, have made their decision to postpone the T20 World Cup 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The postponement of Men's T20 World Cup have paved the way for BCCI to conduct the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year in September - November window.

ICC T20 World Cup 2020
ICC T20 World Cup 2020

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," the ICC said in a statement.

Initially, the T20 World Cup was scheduled from October 18 - November 15 in Australia. But after the outbreak of coronavirus, the possibilities of staging the T20 World Cup this year doubted everyone. ICC were in a confusion to organise the tournament this year or not and finally they postponed the tournament owing to health reasons.

ICC T20 Trophy
ICC T20 Trophy

During the meeting of the IBC Board (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC), 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 upcoming ICC 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
'The 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,' the ICC said in a statement.

'The IBC Board will also continue to evaluate the situation in relation to being able to stage the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand in February next year. In the meantime, planning for this event continued as scheduled,' the statement read.

The ICC Chief Executive, Man Sawhney said that,"We have undertaken a comprehensive and complex contingency planning exercise and through this process, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport."

"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."

The announcement of postponement of the ICC tournament, have paved the way for the BCCI to organise the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year in the September - November window. BCCI's official decision towards IPL 2020 were still remained as a question as there will be no time to organise the IPL, if T20 World Cup & Asia Cup held this year. Now, both the tournaments have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So BCCI can have IPL this year, but the venue is not yet decided. The official decision from BCCI towards IPL is expected soon.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy

According to the latest report, IPL 2020 may held in UAE. "As of now, nothing has been decided. We are watching the situation very closely and keeping track as far as hosting of the IPL is concerned. We are exploring all the options and some countries have offered to IPL, UAE also. But we are going to wait and watch and will speak to the government also. We will do whatever is in the best interest of the country and cricket, will discuss in IPL GC," the source told ANI.

Despite clamors of UAE emerging as a prime candidate to host the T20 franchise league, the BCCI had maintained that their priority is to ensure the IPL stays in India and that moving it abroad will be the last resort.

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