ICC have held a meeting over the possibility of postponing the men’s T20 cricket World Cup scheduled to take place in Australia this year. The tournament, which was scheduled for October-November, is in doubt due to the covid-19 pandemic which has brought the entire international cricket action to a standstill in the last three months.
With the outbreak not likely to end anytime soon, many ex and current cricketers, in addition to the fears of Cricket Australia top shots, have voiced their reservations against the T20 World Cup taking place as planned.
However, it now looks like a decision on the fate of the tournament has finally been made. An Australian newspaper Daily Telegraph earlier today, reported that the tournament is set to be officially postponed this week probably on Friday.
The report further suggests that Australia may have to wait till 2022 to host the tournament. The Australian cricket board will likely focus on returning to cricket action in September with limited-overs series against England, instead.
While the ICC is not likely to determine the new date for the T20 World Cup in Australia, it is reported that 2022 could be the likely year for the tournament to take place as India hosts the next edition in October in 2021.
Meanwhile, the India Premier League, which is expected to replace the T20 World Cup in the timeline, may have to be shifted to Sri Lanka or UAE. A decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup would provide clarity to the BCCI on deciding on the timeframe for the IPL and its schedule.