The International Cricket Council (ICC) has once deferred their decision on the conduct of the 2020 edition of the men’s T20 World Cup to July. The governing body of the game was set to announce their decision on the fate of the marquee event last month only before deferring it to this month.
However, the ICC has decided to wait for some more time before taking a call on the same. The apex body of the game has also deferred its decision on the Women’s World Cup of 2021. The ICC took the decision in order to give itself “the best possible opportunity to make a right decision for the sport”.
The decision came after a meeting of the ICC Board over a conference call on Wednesday afternoon. With a slow relaxation of lockdown in the country, hosts Australia are harbouring hopes of hosting the T20 World Cup during its scheduled October-November window, despite CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts admitting to a “very high risk” of the tournament getting postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the ICC Board has agreed to continue planning for the two tournaments as per schedule and also chalk out contingencies in the wake of the continuously evolving Coronavirus situation. A final call on the fate of both the tournaments is likely to be taken at the ICC’s Annual Conference next month/
“The situation surrounding the global pandemic is evolving rapidly and we want to give ourselves the best possible opportunity to make the right decision for the whole sport. The health and well-being of everyone involved is our priority and other considerations fall out from that,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said.
“We will only get one chance to make this decision and it needs to be the right one and as such we will continue to consult with our Members, broadcasters, partners, governments and players and to ensure that we make a well informed decision,” he added.