Coronavirus Results In the ICC Men’s World T20 Postponement
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had been deliberating on the impending ICC Men’s World T20 that was supposed to take place later on in the year in Australia. They have chosen to make the obvious decision to postpone the tournament. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that is wreaking havoc globally.
The pandemic had bought cricket to a standstill. However, it returned two weeks ago with England hosting the West Indies in a Test series that has produced some memorable cricket so far. The three-match series is currently levelled at 1-1.
The fate of the showpiece event, which was to start in Australia from October 18, has hung in the balance since early March. Now, it has been postponed officially. This was always likely since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Cases in Melbourne and Sydney have started to rise again.
The postponement of the ICC Men’s World T20 opens the possibility of IPL taking place
The IPL 2019 was a showpiece. 2020 could well be another great event, should the IPL take place. The Mumbai Indians were triumphant. They narrowly beat the Chennai Super Kings in the final.
The ICC has also shifted the 2023 Men’s World Cup from the February-March to October-November. This inevitable decision has given the BCCI a fantastic opportunity as the dates blocked for the ICC World T20 has now been freed up.
It’s all about whether BCCI can convince all the eight franchises to go ahead with the IPL without any foreign players as with the COVID-19 outbreak. Foreign players may show reluctance to travel to India to be a part of the IPL.
On Monday’s meeting of the IBC Board (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC), dates for the next three major ICC Men’s events were also fixed upon.
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The dates for the next three upcoming ICC Men’s tournaments are as follows:
– The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held in October-November 2021, with the final on November 14, 2021.
– ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in October-November 2022, with the final on November 13, 2022.
– ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India in October-November 2023, with the final on November 26, 2023.
The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s World T20 was taken after careful consideration of all of the options available
Manu Sawhney, the ICC chief executive, said: “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.”
“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. It 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. This 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. This outcome will hopefully be 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.”
BCCI VS IPL VS ICC Men’s World T20
BCCI was looking at all probable avenues to conduct IPL 2020. There are strong talks doing the rounds that they will go ahead with the tournament in the UAE in September-October. UAE is slightly better compared to other countries as far as COVID-19 positive cases go.
With the ICC World T20 moving to next year, now the BCCI could probably speak to all the required stakeholders. This means that they could conduct the tournament this year anytime between September-November.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly clearly stated that the financial implications are far too high to not conduct a tournament like IPL. This is because the IPL has grown massively since 2008. It now attracts viewership and jobs of all kinds. It would be a massive dent to the BCCI to eliminate it completely for the year.
It’s certainly going to be interesting how things boil out from here. Now that the ICC World T20 has been pushed how the IPL will adapt. The UAE is perhaps the best option.
Will the richest cricket board go ahead and conduct the much anticipated IPL 2020 this year?? And if so, how will it go?
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