The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 that was postponed due to COVID-19 will be held in Australia in 2022. India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as planned.
Coronavirus has also forced the women's 50-over World Cup that was slated for 2021 in New Zealand to move to a February-March 2022 schedule, with the remaining qualifying games to be played in 2021.
Meanwhile, the windows for the next three ICC men’s events were also agreed during the meeting in order to bring clarity to the calendar and give the sport the best possible opportunity over the next three years to recover from the disruption caused by the novel virus.
The windows for the three major ICC men’s events are as follows:
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held October – November 2021 with the final on November 14, 2021
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be held October – November 2022 with the final on November 13, 2022
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India October – November 2023 with the final on November 16, 2023
“The decisions the Board have taken today are in the best interests of the sport, our partners and importantly our fans. I’d like to thank our partners at the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket New Zealand as well as the Australian and New Zealand governments for their continued support and commitment to a safe return to ICC events.”
The board had given the nod to the ICC management to create fresh windows for the three marquee global events: the T20 World Cups in October-November 2021 and October-November 2022, and the ODI World Cup in October-November 2023, pushed back from its original March-April window.
This means there will be no global event for nearly 18 months since the ICC hosted the women's T20 World Cup in February-March this year, which was played in Australia. What it also means is that in 2022, which was meant to be a gap year without any global event, there will now be four ICC events.
The year will start with the Under-19 World Cup in January in the Caribbean, followed by the women's ODI World Cup in New Zealand in February-March, then the men's T20 World Cup in October-November in Australia, and be bookended by the women's T20 World Cup in South Africa.