The ICC T20 World Cup.going to be conducted in October-November this year is presumably to be deferred by two years, as per International Cricket Council (ICC) sources. An official proclamation on the matter will be made after the ICC meeting on May 28, though the current circumstance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has left the apex board with little options but to reschedule the league to 2022.
The deferral of the T20 World Cup would clear the ground for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 13 in the September-October or October-November window. Earlier the IPL was scheduled to start on March 29 but was postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The recommendation of rescheduling the tournament in the month of February-March next was also being made but with the IPL also occurring in March-April, an overdose of T20 cricket would’ve taken place which those in charge didn’t want.
The T20 World Cup also scheduled to be hosted in 2021, the cricket boards and the ICC are virtually left with no other alternative but to reschedule the mega event in 2022, with Australia retaining the hosting rights.”
However, an ICC spokesperson, stated that no decision over the deferral of the event has been taken so far. The matter will be discussed in the meeting on Thursday and after that, a decision will be taken.
An ICC spokesperson quoted, “ICC has not taken a decision to postpone the T20 World Cup and preparations are ongoing for the event in Australia this year, as per plan. The topic is on the agenda for ICC Board meeting tomorrow and a decision will be made in due course.”
As for the 2021 T20 World Cup, BCCI retains the hosting rights and is anticipated to host the event as scheduled.