In a last month and so, the COVID-19 virus has created havoc in the world. The virus has infected 203 countries and two international conveyances till now, infecting over 8 lakh people and consuming around 43,000 lives in this duration.
To combat the ever worsening situation, the Governments world over have also locked down their respective countries till the situation improves significantly. People have been forced to go in self quarantine mode to maintain social distancing and break the chain of CORONA virus.
Sports events the world over have taken a drubbing over the last few weeks. The Virus has also cancelled all the cricket action for now. With back-to-back big-ticket events being hampered, or scheduled to a later date, International Cricket Council (ICC) have started to assess the conditions and their impact on the upcoming ICC events like the T20 World Cup and inaugural Test Championship’s final. While the World T20 is scheduled in October this year, the inaugural Test Championship’s final is scheduled to be held in 2021.
According to the latest report, ICC is planning to postpone this year’s World T20 till 2022. ICC have already FTP’s in place till the 2021 World T20. And with no window available in year 2021, ICC have no other option but to postpone World T20 2020 till 2022.
According to a report in The Times of India, an ICC spokesperson has stated, “The question being internally discussed was to postpone it but there was no status quo on ‘until when?’ Well, India is scheduled to tour Australia in December. Early next year, Australia have their Big Bash scheduled. March would not be an ideal time (with IPL to begin in April) because the broadcaster won’t agree to back-to-back T20 events. India is anyway hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup. So, the ideal choice has to be 2022.”
The last T20 World Cup was hosted by India in year 2016. West Indies hold the World Champions title right now in the shortest format of the game.