International Cricket Council is all set to decide the fate of T20 world cup 2020 in a meeting on 28 May and eventually as per official ICC board member, tournament will be postponed. T20 wc will not be postponed for months but more than a year as ICC is planing to shift event to 2022.
“It can’t be postponed by a few months, say February-March, 2021. It’s not a great idea as we have Women’s ODI World Cup and the two ICC events should not clash. The Women’s World Cup is a much safer bet, there will only be eight teams,” board member quoted as saying by PTI.
The fact is Women’s ODI cricket world cup is scheduled to take place in 2021 from 6 February to 7 March. Hence it wouldn’t be great idea that two ICC tournaments being held at the same time. Also due to COVID-19 pandemic, it wouldn’t be easy to manage 16 men’s teams ahead of t20 world cup at this time for quarantine purpose. Whereas women’s world cup to have 8 teams and it would be easier to manage them next year.
“We are expecting three options from the ICC Events Committee. First option is having World T20 as per schedule with 14-day quarantine with crowd being allowed. The back-up for this option could be tournament in-front of empty stadium. The third option could be shifting the tournament to 2022.”
The decision of shifting t20 world cup would be not make Cricket Australia happy but some times, things are not in our hands. We have to take tough decision. Australia to play India in bilateral series as well in November-December. So they can’t lose it too.
“CA wouldn’t be too unhappy if the World T20 is shifted to 2022. At the end of the day, ICC is made up of members. If members decide that bilateral series are more important, you can’t discount that. Also ICC might find its cash flow being hampered but it’s a short-term problem. If the tournament happens in 2022, the parent body doesn’t lose anything because it’s deferment not postponement,” he added.
ICC board meeting to take place on 28 May. It will be interesting to see what happens there.