The ICC has confirmed that the Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, which was set to take place in Australia, has been postponed.
The Board of the ICC’s commercial subsidiary - the ICC Business Corporation (IBC) - voted to take the decision, and also to set out windows for the next three ICC men’s events in order to clarify the cricket calendar, including moving the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup to later in the year.
The next two ICC men’s tournaments will both be T20 World Cups held in October and November 2021, and across the same two months in 2022.
In the One Day International version of the sport, the next World Cup is still envisaged to take place in India in 2023 - four years after England triumphed on home soil - but is now set to be moved to October and November of that year, instead of the original February - March slot.
“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,” said ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney.
“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.
“Throughout this process we have worked closely with our key stakeholders including governments, Members, broadcasters, partners and medical experts to enable us to reach a collective decision for the good of the game and our fans. I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment to a safe return to cricket.”
The IBC Board, meanwhile, says it will continue to monitor the situation ahead of staging the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, which is set to take place in New Zealand in February.