This year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia has become a high-profile casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic after the sport’s governing body International Cricket Council postponed the tournament scheduled for October and November.
The ICC has been exploring contingency plans since hosts Cricket Australia acknowledged the logistical challenges involved in staging a 16-team tournament amid travel and other restrictions this year.
Consequently, 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.
“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.
In the original calendar, India was scheduled to host the 2021 edition of the Twenty20 World Cup.
The ICC did not specify the hosting order and a spokesman said the governing body was yet to finalise, between India and Australia, who will host which edition.
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is keen to stage the 2021 edition to avoid hosting back-to-back ICC events in 2022 and 2023.
It has resented the uncertainty around this year’s World Cup which, it feels, created a scheduling headache for the cricket boards already bruised by the pandemic’s financial impact.
The BCCI has also been open about its plans to stage its delayed Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition in the now-vacant October-November slot.