India have been confirmed as the hosts for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. On the other hand, Australia will host the marquee event in 2022. The T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 this year was postponed in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making way for the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL), to be held from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
India, on the other hand, were originally scheduled to host the competition in 2021. However, it was expected that Australia would host the 2021 edition as it had already started preparations and would not like to wait for two years. At the same time, recent reports suggested that BCCI also did not want to forego its right to host the tournament in 2021 and has now managed to retain its hosting rights.
India and Australia have decided to swap the hosting rights for the competition after the heads of the BCCI and Cricket Australia connected virtually to discuss the hosting of two T20 World Cups in the next two years during ICC’s board meeting on Friday. One of the reasons behind swapping the rights could be the 2023 50-over World Cup in India. The BCCI might not be willing two host two ICC tournaments back-to-back.
ICC Acting Chairman Imran Khwaja said: “Over the last few months as we have considered how we return to staging global events, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in ICC events.
“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,” he added.
The T20 World Cup in 2021 will be the seventh edition of the tournament and first since 2016. Incidentally, the 2016 edition was also hosted by India. West Indies had won that tournament by beating England in the thrilling final.
Along with this, Women’s ODI World Cup has also been postponed to 2022. The Women’s ODI World Cup was scheduled to be held in New Zealand between February 6 and March 7 2021. In the previous edition, England and India had played the final at Lord’s and the hosts had come out victorious.