ICC defers its decision on World T20 2020 till July

ICC defers its decision on World T20 2020 till July (Pic Source: Twitter)

Amid all the uncertainties over the future of upcoming World T20 2020, the Apex body held a meeting over conference call with its board members on Wednesday. However, the meeting does not yield any outcome as the ICC has deferred its decision on Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 as well as on Women’s T20 World Cup 2021 edition to July.

The Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 tournament is originally slated to be organised in October-November 2020 over a period of almost 30-days but due to the prevailing CoViD-19 conditions the future of the tournament hangs by a thread.

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Reportedly, the ICC has decided against taking any call to give itself “the best possible opportunity to make a right decision for the sport”. However, the ICC Board will keep exploring and planning for the two tournaments and a final call is likely to be taken at the ICC’s Annual Conference next month.
“The situation surrounding the global pandemic is evolving rapidly and we want to give ourselves the best possible opportunity to make the right decision for the whole sport. The health and well-being of everyone involved is our priority and other considerations fall out from that.

“We will only get one chance to make this decision and it needs to be the right one and as such we will continue to consult with our Members, broadcasters, partners, governments and players and to ensure that we make a well informed decision,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said.

T20 World Cup holds a great significance in ICC’s calendar as not only it generates high revenue but it also helps the game in making a worldwide prospect. Australia is slated to host this year’s T20 World Cup. Recently, the Australian Sports Minister had asserted that they are working on organising the tournament on time and arranging the logistics and prerequisites to make sure the tournament goes on without hassle.

With the international travel still seems a far cry, hosting 15 teams in October –November need a lot of pre-requisites in such circumstances. The 14-day isolation period will also have its say and the proposed 30-day tournament might end up stretching to 45 or 50 days.

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