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T20 World Cup Postponed 12 Months

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he International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the men’s Twenty20 World Cup has been postponed by 12 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The world cup was due to take place in Australia from October 18 to November 15, but will now take place in 2021, with the ICC confirming the 2022 T20 World Cup and 50-over World Cup in 2023.

This means the next three ICC men’s events will take place year-after-year, with the 2023 World Cup moved to October 2023 to allow for a longer qualification period.

The ICC said, in a statement, the hosts for the rescheduled 2021 and 2022 editions have not yet been confirmed.

“The ICC 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.

ICC CEO, Manu Sawhney, said the planning for the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand is continuing as scheduled.

“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,” Sawhney said.

“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.

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

“Moving the men’s Cricket World Cup to a later window is a critical element of this and give us a better chance of maintaining the integrity of the qualification process.

“This additional time will be used to reschedule games that might be lost because of the pandemic ensuring qualification can be decided on the field of play,” he said.