World Twenty20 post­poned as ICC jug­gles sched­ule

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Second Test - By Tim Wig­more

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil has con­firmed that this year’s Twenty20 World Cup has been post­poned un­til 2021 due to dis­rup­tion caused by coro­n­avirus.

The tour­na­ment was due to be staged in Aus­tralia from Oct 18 to Nov 15. It has now been resched­uled for 12 months’ time, with the fi­nal on Nov 14 at a venue to be con­firmed. There was al­ready due to be a T20 World Cup in 2021, in In­dia. Aus­tralia and In­dia will each host one of the events, now in 2021 and 2022. A de­ci­sion will be based on Covid-19 de­vel­op­ments.

With a win­dow cleared by the post­pone­ment, this year’s In­dian Premier League is now likely to be con­firmed to be played from Septem­ber to Novem­ber, with the United Arab Emi­rates be­ing lined up as the venue.

The ICC has also announced that the 2023 World Cup, played in the one-day in­ter­na­tional for­mat, has been moved from the start of the year to the end. The reschedul­ing pre­vents there be­ing two World Cups within six months in 2022-23.

Plan­ning for the Women’s World Cup in Fe­bru­ary is con­tin­u­ing, with the ICC hop­ing that New Zealand’s suc­cess in deal­ing with Covid-19 will en­able the country to host the tour­na­ment as sched­uled, even if there have to be pe­ri­ods of quar­an­tine.

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