T20 World Cup postponed because of coronavirus: ICC

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Dubai - Accordingly, there will be back-to-back men's T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 before the 50-overs World Cup in India in 2023.



By Reuters

Published: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 6:28 PM

Last updated: Tue 21 Jul 2020, 12:28 PM

This year's Twenty20 World Cup, which was scheduled to begin in Australia on October 18, has been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), said on Monday.

"At today's 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," the ICC said in a statement after a meeting of its commercial subsidiary IBC.

Accordingly, there will be back-to-back men's T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 before the 50-overs World Cup in India in 2023.

"The decision ... 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," ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said.

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

The ICC would also continue to evaluate the situation ahead of the women's World Cup 2021 in New Zealand, it added.
Ticket holders are welcome to retain their tickets, the ICC said in an FAQ on its website, noting that if Australia hosts the event in 2021, tickets will remain valid for fans who have already bought them and will be automatically updated to reflect the new dates. However, if Australia hosts the event in 2022, a refund will be processed automatically.


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