The International Cricket Council (ICC) has finally cleared the suspense over the conduct of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. The earlier talks of the tournament being held in empty stadiums with no crowd is something that didn’t go well with Cricket Australia. And Finally, ICC decided to postpone the tournament to next year. Now, the tournament would be played in October-November in 2021.
The decision was announced after 4 months of monitoring of situations by ICC in a virtual board meeting on Monday. This now opens ups the space for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host this year’s Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Unofficially the September to November window (26th September to 7th November) has been agreed.
At a time when the focus is on reviving bilateral cricket first as it brings in lesser number of teams organizing tournaments like World T20 and IPL 2020 with a good number of teams would really be a challenge. That’s one reason behind ICC’s decision. The 2021 T20 World Cup to be played in India would now be played in the year 2022. This means there would be world cups in three consecutive years with 2 being played in India. The 2022 T20 World Cup and 2023 50 over world cup in India and the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2021.
The apex body also shifted the dates of the 2023 ODI World Cup in India from February-March to October-November with the final on November 26. This was done so as to have a better chance of maintaining the integrity of the qualification process. Papua New Guinea, Oman, Netherlands, Namibia, and Scotland who qualified for T20 World Cup in Austalia this year would be part of the 2021 tournament.