T20 World Cup postponed due to COVID-19

T20 World Cup ICC postponed due to COVID-19
T20 World Cup ICC postponed due to COVID-19

This year's Twenty20 World Cup, which was scheduled to begin in Australia on 18 October, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport's governing International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.

"At today’s meeting ... windows for the next three ICC men’s events were also agreed to bring clarity to the calendar and give the sport the best possible opportunity," the ICC said in a statement https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/1733391 after a meeting of its commercial subsidiary IBC.

Accordingly, there will be back-to-back men's T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 before the 50-overs World Cup in India in 2023.

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"The decision ... 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," ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said.

"Our Members now have the clarity they need around event windows to enable them to reschedule lost bilateral and domestic cricket," he said.

The ICC would also continue to evaluate the situation ahead of the women’s World Cup 2021 in New Zealand, it added.