World Twenty20 postponed as ICC juggles schedule
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.