With the whole world coming to a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering the option to shift the men’s T20 World Cup to 2022. The ICC Board members will meet on May 28 and will likely discuss shifting the event to 2022 as a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the T20 World Cup because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The men’s T20 World Cup event is scheduled in Australia from October 18 to November 15. We are expecting three options from the ICC Events Committee. The first option is having World T20 as per schedule with 14-day quarantine with the crowd being allowed. The back-up for this option could be tournament in-front of an empty stadium. The third option could be shifting the tournament to 2022, a member of the world governing body’s influential Board told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The Board member, however, said that Cricket Australia wouldn’t be too unhappy if the World T20 is shifted to 2022. If the tournament happens in 2022, the parent body doesn’t lose anything because it’s deferment, not a postponement. So it can’t be postponed by a few months, say February-March, 2021. It’s not a great idea as we have Women’s ODI World Cup and the two ICC events should not clash. The Women’s World Cup is a much safer bet, there will only be eight teams.