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ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

The ICC confirmed that the Men's T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in Australia later in the year, has been postponed.

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ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

The MCG was due to hold the final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup on 15 November

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in Australia in October and November this year, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cricket’s world governing body confirmed on Monday.

The ICC also confirmed that three major Men’s events will now take place in the October/November window for in the next three years. Two T20 World Cups will be played in 2021 and 2022 - with the respective hosts to be confirmed as the current situation progresses - and a 50-over World Cup scheduled to be played in India in 2023.

The windows for the Men’s events are:

  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held October – November 2021 with the final on 14 November 2021
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be held October – November 2022 with the final on 13 November 2022
  • ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, due to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February 2021, remains as scheduled, with the ICC continuing to evaluate the situation in the coming months.

On the postponement of the Men’s T20 World Cup, ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “We have undertaken a comprehensive and complex contingency planning exercise and through this process, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport.

“The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 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.

“Our Members now have the clarity they need around event windows to enable them to reschedule lost bilateral and domestic cricket. Moving the Men’s Cricket World Cup to a later window is a critical element of this and gives us a better chance of maintaining the integrity of the qualification process. This additional time will be used to reschedule games that might be lost because of the pandemic ensuring qualification can be decided on the field of play.”

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