India will play host to ICC Men’s T20 world cup next year, while Australia will host the 2022 editions, ICC announced. Ever since the corona outbreak happened, the world has come to a stand still.
Many major sporting events including Tokyo Olympics, Euro 2020, T20 World Cup 2020 etc were cancelled. Australia were initially intended to host the T20 World Cup this year. However, with this major crisis the tournament was cancelled.
However, Australia will now instead host the tournament in 2022. Meanwhile, India which was planned to host T20 World Cup in 2021 will proceed as per earlier plans.
All the teams qualified for T20 World Cup 2020 will now be eligible to play in 2021 edition in India. Also, International Cricket Council (ICC) will release a new qualification rounds for 2022 world cup soon.
India: 2021 🇮🇳
Australia: 2022 🇦🇺
CONFIRMED: The next edition of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup will be held in India, while Australia will stage the tournament in 2022! pic.twitter.com/lcFzo4HK7N
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) August 7, 2020
The apex body received a lot of criticism for postponing the mega event this year. Some member nations like Pakistan made allegations that ICC cancelled the tournament to make way for IPL 2020.
Women’s World Cup 2021 Postponed
ICC Women’s world cup was schedule for 2021 in New Zealand. However, the tournament is now postponed to the following year, 2022.
The last women’s world cup took place in England in 2017. As per the initial reports, Women’s world cup should start during February- March window in 2022.
“There has been no women’s international cricket played since the conclusion of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year and due to the varying impact of COVID-19 globally that is likely to remain the situation for a number of the teams,” Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said in a statement.
“Moving the event by 12 months gives all competing teams the chance to play a sufficient level of cricket ahead of both the qualification event and leading into a Cricket World Cup so the integrity of the tournament is maintained,” he added.
Cricket is slowly getting back into normalcy as measures are in place to tackle corona virus. England became the first cricket nation to host a test series last month.
Now, Caribbean Premier League 2020 is set to be played next week. On the other hand, Indian Premier League will be played in UAE from next month. However, we are still very far away from having fans back in the stadium.
It might take another six to twelve months to at least have few fans in the stadiums as Corona is showing no signs of slowing down.