The ICC have announced that the Men’s T20 World Cup – scheduled to be played in Australia in October and November – has been postponed until next year.
Though international cricket has returned and the domestic game looks to be on its way back, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has meant the ICC has had to take action concerning the upcoming white-ball tournament.
In a statement released today, cricket’s international governing body revealed that the tournament has been postponed until next year and announced the new dates of the tournaments over the next three years.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will now be held in October and November 2021, with the final on the 14th of November.
The following year, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will take place in October and November, with the final held on the 13th of November.
England chance to defend their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup title will come in 2023, with the tournament set to be held in India in October and November and with the final scheduled for the 26th of November.
The ICC added that the global situation will continue to be monitored and further decisions will be made accordingly.
Additionally, it was revealed that the situation concerning the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2021 is being evaluated but planning for the event continues.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “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.
“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.”