India to host T20 Men’s World Cup 2021 as planned

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday evening confirmed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 that was postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus infection ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held in India as planned while Australia will host the tournament in 2022, an official statement said.

Meanwhile, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand has been postponed until February – March 2022, the statement added.

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 format of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will remain as it was for 2020 and all teams that qualified for that event will now participate in India in 2021. A new qualification process will be run for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “We now have absolute clarity on the future of ICC events enabling all of our Members to focus on the rescheduling of lost international and domestic cricket. 

The format of the postponed ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will remain as it was for 2021. Five teams have already qualified for the event and that will stand for 2022. The original global qualification event to determine the final three teams to contest the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in July 2020, but this was postponed due to COVID-19. The qualification event will now be held in 2021.

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