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Fate Of The Next Two ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Hosting Rights Will Be Discussed On Friday In ICC Board Meeting

The forthcoming ICC board meeting has been scheduled on this Friday (7th August), where the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) will be virtually involved in the crucial discussion of hosting rights in the upcoming two ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournaments. Also, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will try to bring light on the fate of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, which is around six months away to begin as per the latest schedule. Some major decision can be taken at this meeting.

On last 20th July, the ICC officially announced the postponement of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Australia would host that tournament from 18th October to 15th November 2020.

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While earlier it was planned that Australia and India would host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 respectively, these tournaments have been rescheduled in the last ICC board meeting as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 without confirming the hosts for both these tournaments.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Hosting rights can be swapped between BCCI and CA

According to the recent media reports, the CA wants to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, so the BCCI will have to give up their original hosting rights of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, and instead of that, they can host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. However, exactly around one year later, India will host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. So, organising two back-to-back global events can backfire.

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According to the PTI, an ICC board member said, “The BCCI was originally scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and they would like to go ahead. Another reason being, hosting a T20 World Cup in 2022 and then a 50 over global event within a gap of just one year. It would be an overkill.” 

ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021

Also, the ICC can take the decision on the fate of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021. New Zealand will host the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 between 6th February and 7th March 2021. While New Zealand is in a better situation to host this tournament due to the lesser COVID-19 effect in the country, the major issue to organise this tournament on time is the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier is yet to be rescheduled to fulfil the three remaining spots for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

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A board member said, “Yes, the qualification tournament is yet to be finished and since every country’s Covid situation is different, that is one headache that the ICC has. Going by health safety issues, New Zealand is one of the best performing nations globally.” 

The 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier was originally scheduled to run between 3rd and 19th July 2020. But the coronavirus pandemic forced to postpone this tournament for the indefinite period.

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ICC T20 World Cup 2020: ICC Can Take Final Decision On The Fate Of This Tournament In July

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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ICC Postpones Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier And U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2

While the COVID-19 or coronavirus is continuing its domination in the world, some crucial ICC events have now newly faced the postponement. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now decided to postpone the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2.

According to the initial schedule, Sri Lanka had to host the 2020 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier between 3rd and 19th July 2020. A total of 10 teams would participate in this tournament but the coronavirus has forced to postpone this tournament. The top three teams of this tournament will advance to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 which New Zealand will host from 6th February to 7th March 2021. But as the Qualifier has been postponed and there is no confirmed date to begin of this tournament, the fate of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 is also doubtful.

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Five teams (Australia Women, England Women, South Africa Women and India Women), including the hosts New Zealand Women, have directly qualified for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2: First process of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022

On the other hand, the qualifier process for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 was initially scheduled to begin through the European Regional Qualifier in Denmark that would run from 24th to 30th July 2020. Eight teams would participate in this tournament but the pandemic has forced to postpone this tournament too.

West Indies will host the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 which will be the 14th edition of this tournament. In early this year, Bangladesh U19 won their first U19 CWC trophy after beating the defending champions India U19 in the final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

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Bangladesh U19 won the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Talking about the fate of the postponed ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2, the ICC will try to find out the new timeline for these crucial tournaments after their meeting with all the participating members.

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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020: Three Options Have Been Shortlisted

The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced the cricket world to postpone most of the present planning for an indefinite period. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is still focusing to organise the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 on time but also considering to see the other factors and be prepared in case of the postponement.

Australia will host the seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup from 18th October to 15th November 2020. But the coronavirus pandemic has opened up the doubtful future for this tournament where 16 teams will participate.

Most likely, they will move towards hosting the T20 World Cup in Feb-March

During the recent ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) meeting, three possibilities have been discussed as the fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. While they wish to stick to the original time, they can also shift the tournament in the February-March 2021 or the tournament can be organised later in 2022.

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A representative, who was present in that meeting, told India Today, “Even though it’s a bit early but three options have been shortlisted. The first is to stick to the original Oct-Nov schedule and the second is to the tournament in Feb-March next year. The third and last option that was zeroed in on is to stage the tournament in 2022.

“Most likely, they (ICC and member Boards) will move towards hosting the T20 World Cup in Feb-March.”

According to the present schedule, New Zealand will host the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 from 6th February to 7th March 2021. But if the seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has been shifted for the early next year, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 is likely to be shifted too.

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Meanwhile, India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in October-November 2021 and the ICC will keep in mind this tournament in the case of shifting the timeline of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

The BCCI has maintained the importance of World Test Championship

On the other hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shown their importance towards the ICC World Test Championship as they support for the postponement of the final of this tournament rather than sharing the points.

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The source added, “As for the World Test Championship, the BCCI has maintained the importance of World Test Championship and it is unlikely that the points will be shared. The Test schedules will be altered with and in all likelihood, the final, which was scheduled in June 2021, will be moved to 2022.”

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Brendon McCullum Feels T20 World Cup 2020 Will Get Pushed Back; IPL 2020 Can Run In This Window

Former New Zealand captain and present Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Head Coach Brendon McCullum believes that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 should be shifted for a better time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He also feels that it can open up the new window for the IPL 2020.

The coronavirus has forced to postpone the IPL 2020 which was initially scheduled to be held from 29th March to 24th May 2020. It has already postponed many events of international cricket and has also created the doubtful fate of some upcoming ICC events.

Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November 2020. Brendon McCullum feels that the upcoming T20 World Cup will get pushed back which is likely to create the same delayed fate for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, which New Zealand will host between 6th February and 7th March 2021 according to the schedule.

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McCullum also believes that the IPL 2020 can be organised in the October window if the T20 World Cup gets postponed.

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He said according to NDTV Sports, “I think the IPL will try and target that October window and the T20 World Cup will get pushed back. That may mean the Women’s World Cup gets pushed back but hopefully, we get to see all three tournaments operate.”

I can’t see them playing the T20 World Cup behind closed doors: Brendon McCullum

McCullum feels that it will be not easy for Australia to handle the situation properly in quick time to organise a global tournament. Also, he doesn’t support the T20 World Cup in empty stadiums. However, the former Kiwi captain believes that these scenarios are possible for the IPL 2020.

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He added, “For Australia to move 16 international teams plus all of their support staff and then broadcasters, seems a bridge too far.

“I can’t see them playing the T20 World Cup behind closed doors either. The ICC and world cricket need crowds to operate but India can probably sustain things commercially behind closed doors because they are going to get so many eyeballs.”

McCullum has elaborated that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is dependent on the ticket sales to generate revenue in the ICC tournaments. Meanwhile, he also added that the IPL is majorly dependent on the broadcaster and sponsorship deals.

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He claimed, “There may be a window a bit later in the new year of 2021 which could then open up a window for the IPL (in October and November). You’d have to move some overseas players for the IPL but with the broadcasters based in India, it is a lot easier to pull it all together.”

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ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021: India Women Secure Their Spot

India Women’s national cricket team has secured their place for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 after the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to distribute the equal points for the series cancellations. While the India-Pakistan ODI bilateral series was cancelled too due to the rising political tensions between the two countries, both teams shared three points each. After this decision, India Women finished in the fourth position in the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship points table and secured the last direct spot for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

On last Wednesday (15th April), the ICC Women’s Championship Technical Committee (TC) has come out with the decision to distribute the points with the equal share for the series cancellations of the Championship. The India-Pakistan series was cancelled due to a force majeure event as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) didn’t get the permission from the Indian government to play the bilateral series against Pakistan Women.

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Also, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Australia Women’s tour of South Africa and New Zealand Women’s tour of Sri Lanka were cancelled. All these cancelled series have now been solved with the equal points distribution.

India Women earned 23 points at the end of the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship

At the end of the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship, Australia Women finished on top of the points table with 37 points as they lost only one game. England Women, who will feature in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 as the defending champions, finished in the second position after earning 29 points.

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South Africa Women and India Women finished in the third and fourth positions in the points table with 25 and 23 points respectively. In the last ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup (2017), India Women finished as the runners-up after losing the final against the hosts England Women by just nine runs.

Despite finishing in the sixth position in the Championship points table, New Zealand Women (17 points) still directly qualified for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 due to having the hosting rights of the upcoming Women’s CWC.

The other three teams in the Championship, Pakistan Women (19 points), West Indies Women (13 points) and Sri Lanka Women (5 points) will now have to play the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

Final points table of the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship

Rank Team

Match Details

Net Run Rate Points
Match Won Lost Tied No Result
1 Australia Women (Q) 21 17 1 0 3 1.835 37
2 England Women (Q) 21 14 6 0 1 1.267 29
3 South Africa Women (Q) 21 10 6 1 4 -0.309 25
4 India Women (Q) 21 10 8 0 3 0.465 23
5 Pakistan Women 21 7 9 1 4 -0.460 19
6 New Zealand Women (Q) 21 7 11 0 3 -0.206 17
7 West Indies Women 21 6 14 0 1 -1.033 13
8 Sri Lanka Women 21 1 17 0 3 -1.611 5

New Zealand will host the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 from 6th February to 7th March 2021. A total of eight teams will participate in this global event. While the five teams have directly qualified for the upcoming Women’s CWC, the other three teams will be the top three final teams in the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

According to the schedule, Sri Lanka will host the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier between 3rd and 19th July 2020. But it is likely to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021: Full Match Schedule Revealed

On Tuesday (10th March), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed the full match schedule for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021. New Zealand will host this eight-team tournament from 6th February to 7th March 2021.

A total of six venues have been selected for this tournament. These venues are Hagley Oval (Christchurch), Eden Park (Auckland), Seddon Park (Hamilton), Bay Oval (Tauranga), University Oval (Dunedin) and Basin Reserve (Wellington). The total number of matches for this tournament is 31.

While Eden Park (Auckland) will host the opening game of this tournament, Hagley Oval (Christchurch) will host the final of this tournament. Also, Bay Oval (Tauranga) and Seddon Park (Hamilton) will host the semi-final 1 (3rd March 2021) and semi-final 2 (4th March 2021) respectively.

After the eight teams face the single round-robin stage, the top four teams in the final points table will qualify for the semi-finals.

Talking about the big news in this schedule, both the semi-finals and the only final all have the reserve days.

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The total prize money for this tournament is NZD 5.5million. Most importantly, all the matches of this tournament will be broadcasted live, which will attract the global audience.

ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021: Qualifying process

While eight teams will qualify for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, a total of four teams have already secured their qualification for this tournament, including the hosts New Zealand Women who are currently standing in the sixth position in the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship.

Australia Women, defending champions England Women and South Africa Women, the first three teams of the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship, are the other three teams who have already qualified for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

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Among India Women and Pakistan Women, only one can directly qualify for the next Women’s CWC.

On the other hand, the last two teams of the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship, West Indies Women and Sri Lanka Women will have to face the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. From the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship, another team between India Women and Pakistan Women (the directly non-qualifier for the Women’s CWC 2021) will have to face the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

In the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, the three teams will join with the two other Women’s ODI sides (Bangladesh Women and Ireland Women) and five other regional qualifiers’ champions (Thailand Women, Zimbabwe Women, Papua New Guinea Women, United States Women and Netherlands Women).

This ultimate Qualifier will be played in July 2020 in Sri Lanka. The final top three teams of this Qualifier will advance to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.