The International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to postpone the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to 2022. The members will meet via video conference on May 28 (Thursday) to decide on the future course of action. While everyone waits for an official announcement, Cricket Australia (CA) is keen to have the hosting rights for the 2021 edition instead of 2022 — a year which has no ICC event.
It was widely reported that the mega event in 2020 is likely to be postponed. Instead, BCCI will host the Indian Premier League during that window. But the global body has dismissed all such claims. An ICC spokesperson said that they have not decided anything as of yet. An outcome will only come after the meeting on May 28.
Cricket Australia expresses desire to host T20 World Cup in 2021
“Reports of a postponement of ICC’s Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 are inaccurate and planning for the event continues … in the light of the rapidly changing public health situation,” ICC had said in a statement.
While Cricket Australia was okay with the development early but as they continue to flatter the coronavirus curve, CA chairman Earl Eddings has written to ICC’s Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) seeking hosting rights for 2021 edition over India instead of 2022.
The report in Time of India also adds that Cricket Australia has cleared their position in the latter stating that they won’t be able to host the T20 World Cup this year. Despite CA clearing their stance, ICC came out with a statement that preparations are on for the mega event which left many members baffled.
“Why would the ICC not admit that they have a letter from the CA chairman? These are things that give the administration a bad name. They’ve (ICC) also said ‘the existing chair (Manohar) confirmed he’s not seeking an extension to his term’. Is that the complete truth?” TOI quoted a source as saying.