January 17, 2021

ICC: India stays 2021 Males’s T20 World Cup host, Ladies’s ODI World Cup postponed to 2022

Dubai: India has retained the rights to host the ICC Males’s Twenty20 World Cup in 2021, whereas Australia has been requested to arrange this 12 months’s postponed occasion in 2022. In one other important choice, the 2021 Ladies’s ODI World Cup which was scheduled to happen in New Zealand between February 6 and March 7, has been postponed to February-March 2022. All these choices have been taken by the ICC Enterprise Company, the business subsidiary of the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC), in a digital assembly on Friday.

“The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) at the moment confirmed that the T20 World Cup 2020 that was postponed attributable to COVID-19 might be held in Australia in 2022. India will host the T20 World Cup 2021 as deliberate,” the ICC said in a press launch.

The Ladies’s ODI World Cup 2021 is the second world occasion that the ICC has been compelled to postpone in lower than a month’s time because of the disruptions attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier than the pandemic turned all of the plans the wrong way up, 2020 Males’s T20 World Cup was scheduled to be held in Australia and its 2021 version in India, which might additionally host the Males’s ODI World Cup in 2023.

Nonetheless, the pandemic made it unattainable to host this 12 months’s Males’s T20 World Cup occasion as deliberate. Following the IBC board assembly on July 20, the occasion was postponed and it was determined that there might be three males’s occasions in consecutive years — T20 World Cup 2021, T20 World Cup in 2022 and ODI World Cup in 2023. An October-November window was additionally marked for the all of the three occasions.

Whereas it was clear that the Males’s ODI World Cup might be held in India, there was no readability as to who will host which T20 occasion. Friday’s assembly introduced readability to the schedule with India set to host the 2021 Males’s T20 World Cup between October and November with the ultimate scheduled on November 14. Now, Australia will host the 2022 version with related window and the ultimate scheduled on November 14.

“We now have absolute readability on the way forward for ICC occasions, enabling all of our members to deal with the rescheduling of misplaced worldwide and home cricket,” ICC chief govt Manu Sawhney stated in a press release on Friday.

“We are going to now proceed as deliberate with the boys’s T20 World Cup 2021 in India and host the 2022 version in Australia.”

ICC appearing chairman Imran Khwaja stated well being and security had been the highest precedence. “The selections the board have taken at the moment are in one of the best pursuits of the game, our companions and importantly our followers,” he added.

There aren’t any modifications within the format of the 2021 Males’s T20 World Cup and all of the groups that had certified for the 2020 version will now take part in India in 2021. For the 2022 version in Australia, a brand new qualification course of might be run.

The format of the ladies’s ODI World Cup will even stay the identical and the 5 groups — India, Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand — which have already certified for the 2021 will stay certified for the 2022 occasion. The qualification occasion to fill the remaining three spots, initially scheduled to be performed in Sri Lanka in July 2020, will now be held in 2021 with the ICC but to announce the dates.

“Now we have taken the choice to maneuver the ICC Ladies’s Cricket World Cup to present gamers from each competing nation, one of the best alternative to be prepared for the world’s greatest stage and there may be nonetheless a worldwide qualifier to finish to determine the ultimate three groups,” Sawhney stated.

“There was no girls’s worldwide cricket performed for the reason that conclusion of the ICC Ladies’s T20 World Cup earlier this 12 months and because of the various impression of COVID-19 globally that’s prone to stay the scenario for a lot of the groups. Shifting the occasion by 12 months provides all competing groups the possibility to play a enough degree of cricket forward of each the qualification occasion and main right into a Cricket World Cup so the integrity of the match is maintained,” he added.