A bumper Australian summer time of cricket in 2021 is on the playing cards after the boys’s Twenty20 World Cup fell sufferer to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event, scheduled for October and November this 12 months, has been placed on maintain after Cricket Australia acknowledged the logistical challenges concerned in staging a 16-team event amid journey and different restrictions.
The Worldwide Cricket Council didn’t verify whether or not Australia would host the occasion in 2021, but when given the inexperienced gentle, it will current a mouthwatering run of cricket within the nation, with a house Ashes sequence slated to observe.
The ICC’s choice on Monday means there shall be back-to-back males’s T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 earlier than the 50-overs World Cup in India in 2023.
India was scheduled to host the 2021 version of the T20 World Cup and there stays the chance the Australian occasion shall be put again to 2022, with India protecting its slot subsequent 12 months.
“We completely welcome the readability, which is clearly vital to ensure we will plan and ship the absolute best summer time we will,” CA interim CEO Nick Hockley mentioned.
“It goes again to security and getting the absolute best perceive of the well being state of affairs and dealing with the newest and greatest accessible info.”
The BCCI, India’s highly effective cricket board, is eager to stage the 2021 version to keep away from internet hosting back-to-back ICC occasions in 2022 and 2023.
“When it comes to 2021 versus 2022 we simply wish to see two nice occasions go forward in India and Australia,” Hockley mentioned. “If it’s 21, the plans are actually, very well progressed – we’re very well positioned to ship on that.
“However …. equally, if it’s 2022, will probably be a implausible occasion. In some ways it provides a bit bit extra time to create much more further certainty round it, the well being state of affairs, as a result of I believe one factor, no-one is aware of how lengthy that is going to final.”
Followers who’ve already bought tickets can maintain onto them till the ICC gives readability on the place the 2021 occasion shall be staged, or get a full refund.
“The choice to postpone presents one of the best likelihood to securely welcome followers into the excellent venues throughout the nation to take pleasure in watching the world’s greatest cricketers compete in a serious world occasion in Australia, in both 2021 or 2022,” an ICC assertion learn.
“The ICC will proceed to evaluate the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic for every potential host to extend the prospect of staging two profitable T20 World Cups.”
The ICC additionally moved the 2023 ODI World Cup in India to an October-November window from its authentic February-March slot, and can proceed to guage the state of affairs whereas getting ready for the 2021 ladies’s 50-overs World Cup, which is scheduled in New Zealand from 6 February.
Australia’s males’s group are set to journey to England for an ODI sequence in September earlier than returning dwelling for a profitable four-Take a look at sequence towards India over the summer time.