Well, bad news for some people, good news for some. On Monday, 20 July; ICC postponed this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia due to COVID-19 pandemic. It is a good news for IPL fans; bad for those who wanted T20 WC to happen.
“The International Cricket Council (ICC); today confirmed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed; due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the ICC said in a statement.
The updated schedule is below:
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be; held October –November 2021 with the final on 14 Nov 2021.
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be; held Oct –Nov 2022 with the final on 13 Nov 2022.
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be; held in India Oct-Nov 2023 with the final on 26 November, 2023.
2023 ODI World Cup which was scheduled from March; is now pushed to November window. It is done to give more time for qualification process for world cup.
Full fledged IPL comprising 60 games will happen: Brijesh Patel.
As mentioned earlier; T20 WC cancellation; is a good news for IPL. IPL this year will be most likely held in UAE.
The IPL Governing Council chairman; Brijesh Patel, confirmed that; IPL is will be full-fledged and; its dates will be decided within a week or 10 days.
“The IPL GC will meet within a week or 10 days and all decisions (including final schedule) will be taken there. As of now, the plan is to have a full fledged IPL comprising 60 games and most likely in the UAE.”
Asked about the main challenges in conducting the event in current scenario, Patel answered: “Just the operational side of it. Whether you do it here or outside, it doesn’t matter (with no crowds).”
With majority of the Indian players not having access to grounds during the pandemic, teams will need at least three to four weeks to get them match ready. Foreign players will fly in directly to the UAE from their respective countries. It is also reported that; franchises will book charter flights to fly to UAE rather than using commercial flights.
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