ICC T20 World Cup Officially Happening In India
International Cricket Council’s Official Go-Ahead For ICC T20 World Cup
India has been given the official go-ahead to host the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021. This was made official by the International Cricket Council. Originally scheduled in Australia for the second half of 2020. Due to the second wave of COVID-19, this forced the ICC to delay the tournament. Australia will however host another T20 World Cup after India the year after.
The ICC Women’s World Cup, scheduled for New Zealand in 2021 has been re-scheduled to March 2022 due to these changes.
ICC Chief’s Comments
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney commented on the revised changes as follows:
“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.
Sawhney went on to add that moving the Women’s tournament was the right decision for the qualification process. “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. There is still a global qualifier to complete to decide the final three teams,” he said. “Moving the event by 12 months gives all competing teams the chance to play a sufficient level of cricket. This is ahead of both the qualification event and leading into a Cricket World Cup so the integrity of the tournament is maintained.”
Indian Premier League (IPL)
The change in the 2020 schedule will see a number of the world’s leading players head to the UAE for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI) have elected to use the vacant 2020 calendar slot to host the IPL in the UAE for the first time. The IPL is happening in three cities (Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai) from 19th September to 10th November.
The major sides are hopeful of resuming the international calendar in 2020 in a hub environment. England will host Australia in a one-day series in September, following Pakistan.
England were able to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series thanks to all-rounder Chris Woakes with the bat. Woakes hit an unbeaten half-century to guide his side to a thrilling three-wicket win at Old Trafford.
The home side have to make some changes. Ben Stokes will be missing the remainder of the series due to a family emergency in New Zealand. Veteran fast bowler James Anderson is out for the second test for the home side. The 38-year-old called a press conference earlier this week. He announced his intention to play on to the 2021 Ashes series in Australia.