Australian organizers stated postponing the men’s T20 World Cup cricket was “absolutely inevitable” Tuesday after the coronavirus pandemic forced the tournament to be lingered by a year.
After months of uncertainty, Cricket Australia welcomed the International Cricket Council’s determination, saying it provided certainty ahead of an upcoming home season which includes a blockbuster Test series against India.
Delaying the T20 World Cup also frees up an October-November slot in this year’s cricketing calendar which could be used to stage the Indian Premier League, possibly in the United Arab Emirates.
However, it is not clear whether the T20 World Cup will now be held in Australia or India, who was originally slated to hold the following edition in 2021 — which has been shifted to 2022.
COVID-19 has played havoc with international sport and CA acting chief executive Nick Hockley stated there was no means Australia could host a 16-nation event with the pandemic still raging.
“I think the decision to postpone was absolutely inevitable,” he told reporters. “It allows us to focus on real clarity on the summer ahead.”
Under the new arrangements declared on Monday, either Australia or India will host the next T20 World Cup in October-November 2021, then the other nation will hold it in 2022.
The 50-over World Cup in India, originally due to be played in March-April 2023, will be pushed back to October-November of that year, with the final on November 26.
Hockley said Cricket Australia did not have a choice for hosting the T20 tournament in 2021 or 2022.
“We just want to see two great events go ahead, whether it’s ’21 or ’22 in Australia I’m sure we’ll put on a fantastic event,” Hockley said.