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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken one more month to decide the fate of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021. So, the planning is still on to organise these tournaments according to the schedule.
There was an ICC board meeting last Wednesday (10th June), where the major target was to take any final call on the fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 as well as ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.
Australia will host the seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup from 18th October to 15th November 2020. Meanwhile, New Zealand will host the 12th edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup between 6th February and 7th March 2021. However, the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus, which is still dominating the world, has opened the doubtful fate of these upcoming global tournaments.
Though international cricket is on the verge of resumption, many experts are in doubt about the forthcoming global tournaments as they especially don’t like the World Cup in empty stadiums. That’s why many experts have supported to postpone the upcoming World Cups to find better options for these tournaments.
Planning for the delivery of the events in the scheduled window is ongoing: ICC about the undecided fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021
However, the ICC is still hopeful to organise these upcoming global tournaments on time. While they are monitoring every present situation, they believe that it is not the right time to take any final call on the upcoming global tournaments. The global governing body has now shifted this decision-making process of these tournaments’ faiths to the next month.
In the press release, the ICC stated, “The International Cricket Council board today agreed to continue exploring a number of contingency plans regarding the future of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 (in New Zealand) until next month whilst planning for delivery of the events in the scheduled window is ongoing.”
Though the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 still has enough time, the qualifier process of this tournament is yet to be played. Earlier, the qualifier was decided to be played in July 2020 in Sri Lanka.
However, this tournament has been postponed for the indefinite period due to the pandemic. Until the remaining three teams are qualifying for the forthcoming Women’s Cricket World Cup, the fate of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 can’t be cleared.
Meanwhile, understanding the present global crisis, many former cricketers and experts believe that the schedule of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 should be shifted. They feel that it is not the right time to play a tournament with 16 teams, who have already secured their spots for this tournament.