The ICC has held a top meeting over the possibility of the men’s T20 World Cup taking place in Australia this year. The tournament, which was meant to hold in October-November, is in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic which brought the international cricket action to a standstill for over the last three months.
With the pandemic not likely to end anytime soon, many former and current cricketers, in addition to the fears of Cricket Australia, have voiced their reservations against the T20 World Cup tournament taking place as per the cricket calendar.
After the meeting of ICC last Friday, it now looks like a decision on the fate of the tournament has finally been made. According to one of Australian newspapers, Daily Telegraph reported that the tournament is set to be postponed on Friday this week.
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 exact 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.
Last week, it was suggested that the 13th edition of 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 to decide on the timeframe for the IPL and its schedule.