The International Cricket Council [ICC] will be conducting an all-important meeting via video conference on Thursday, May 28th, but a day ahead of the meeting, the road map for world cricket almost looks clear. It was reported a few days ago that the T20 World Cup, which is originally scheduled to take place in October in Australia will be postponed with a formal announcement set to be made during the May 28th meeting.
A few days ago, the ICC held a meeting with the FMCC to discuss how to adjust this years’ T20 World Cup between 2021-2023, and according to a report in India Today, it is almost certain that the quadrennial event will be pushed back to 2022. Earlier, there were talks of pushing the T20 World Cup to February-March 2021 but considering that India is already scheduled to host the event in 2021, having two World Cups of the same format within a six-month span would be improper.
Also, the current state of the market does not really allow having two world cups within a period of six months. Host broadcaster Star Sports has also confirmed that it is apprehensive of broadcasting two IPL’s and back-to-back World Cups in 2021. Furthermore, the tournament will be postponed and not canceled, which means cricket boards will not that badly hit.
Postponement of the T20 World Cup could pave way for the IPL in October
Also, with no ICC event scheduled to take place in 2022 in the original FTP, it makes perfect sense to have T20 World Cup in India in 2021 followed by another event in Australia in 2022 and then the 50-over World Cup in India, the following year.
The postponement of the T20 World Cup will open up a window for the 13th edition of the IPL. But the BCCI and host broadcaster aren’t willing to jump the gun just yet.
They will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation with the government and if the situation does not spiral out of control, IPL could become a reality in October and a former announcement of the same could be made in July with backchannel preparations commencing from June.
However, it would entirely depend on the virus situation in the country.