India confirmed to host ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as proposed while the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 that was postponed due to COVID-19 will be held in Australia in 2022. The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand has been postponed until February – March 2022 because of the impact the pandemic has had on cricket globally. The decisions were taken by the IBC (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC) following an extended contingency planning exercise which has taken into account the health, cricket, and financial impact of COVID-19 around the world.
The format of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will continue as it was for 2020 and all teams that qualified for that event will now participate in India in 2021. A new qualification process will be run for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The format of the postponed ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will remain as it was for 2021. Five teams have already qualified for the competition and that will stand for 2022. The original global qualification competition to determine the final three teams to contest the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in July 2020, but this was postponed due to COVID-19. The qualification event will now be held in 2021.
ICC Acting Chairman Imran Khwaja said: Over the last few months as we have considered how we return to staging global events, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in ICC events. The decisions have taken today are in the best interests of the sport, our partners, and importantly our fans. I’d like to thank our partners at the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket New Zealand as well as the Australian and New Zealand governments for their continued support and commitment to a safe return to ICC events.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: We now have absolute clarity on the future of ICC events enabling all of our Members to focus on the rescheduling of lost international and domestic cricket. We will now proceed as planned with the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in India and host the 2022 edition in Australia. We have taken the decision to move the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to give players from every competing nation, the best opportunity to be ready for the world’s biggest stage and there is still a global qualifier to complete to decide the final three teams. There has been no women’s international cricket played since the conclusion of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year and due to the varying impact of COVID-19 globally, that is likely to remain the situation for a number of the teams. Moving the event by 12 months gives all competing teams the chance to play a sufficient level of cricket ahead of both the qualification event and leading into a Cricket World Cup so the integrity of the tournament is maintained.