The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia is likely to be postponed due to the pandemic. Sources say that the tournament will be moved to 2022 as there is no playing window available in 2021.
Thee global pandemic continues to haunt the sporting industry, with the World Cup in Australia being the latest tournament to be affected after reports emerged that the Indian T20 League, too, will be called off. The T20 World Cup, on its part, was scheduled to take place from 18 October to 15 November in seven venues across Australia.
A two-year postponement, meanwhile, comes on the back of a hectic cricketing schedule in 2021. In December this year, India are scheduled to travel Down Under, and this will be followed by the Big Bash League in Australia early in 2021. March and April wouldn’t be the ideal months as the Indian T20 League would take the centre stage during the tenure.
“The question being internally discussed was to postpone it but there was no status quo on ‘until when?’ Well, India is scheduled to tour Australia in December." a source close to developments was quoted as saying by TOI.
"Early next year, Australia have their Big Bash scheduled. March would not be an ideal time (with the Indian T20 League to begin in April) because the broadcaster won’t agree to back-to-back T20 events," the source further added.
“India is anyway hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup. So, the ideal choice has to be 2022,” the source further added.
The coronavirus pandemic has already led to the postponement of several high-profile competitions, which includes the Tokyo Olympics and Euro.
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