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T20 World Cup (Photo: Twitter)

India have been confirmed as the hosts for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 while Australia will host the 2022 edition. Australia were originally scheduled to host the T20 World Cup this year in October-November while India had the hosting rights for the 2021 edition.

However, the ICC, in July, was forced into postponing the tournament due to the effect of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision also paved the way for the BCCI to host this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The thirteenth edition of the tournament will be played from September 19 to October 10.

The 2021 event will be hosted in India between October-November next year, with the final scheduled on November 14. Australia, on the other hand, will host the tournament in 2022 between October-November with the final scheduled for November 13.

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West Indies are the defending T20 World Cup champions (Credits: Twitter)

The decision on the hosting rights for the T20 World Cup came after the heads of the BCCI and Cricket Australia connected virtually to discuss on the same during the meeting of the International Business Corporation (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC).

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 the development on the men’s T20 World Cup, 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 which took place in 2018, England and India had played the final at Lord’s and the hosts had come out victorious.

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