The 2020 T20 World Cup has been postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday that the big event has been postponed and also revealed the revised dates of the three upcoming big events in the men’s cricket, including the 2023 World Cup, which is set to be played in India.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which was initially scheduled to be played in Australia between October 18 and November 15 this year, has now been scheduled for October-November 2021 with the final showdown planned for 14th November 2021. The ICC released a statement, which read:
“The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
The ICC said that it “agreed to bring clarity to the calendar and give the sport the best possible opportunity over the next three years to recover from the disruption caused by COVID-19.”
Talking about the same, ICC’s Chief Executive Manu Sawhney revealed:
“We have undertaken a comprehensive and complex contingency planning exercise and through this process, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport”
“The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was taken after careful consideration of all of the options available to us and gives us the best possible opportunity of delivering two safe and successful T20 World Cups for fans around the world,”
“Our Members now have the clarity they need around event windows to enable them to reschedule lost bilateral and domestic cricket,” Sawhney said.
“Moving the Men’s Cricket World Cup to a later window is a critical element of this and gives us a better chance of maintaining the integrity of the qualification process. This additional time will be used to reschedule games that might be lost because of the pandemic ensuring qualification can be decided on the field of play,” he said.
Meanwhile, with ICC rescheduling the T20 World Cup to 2021 has given a window to IPL 2020. As per the BCCI functionary, following the postponement, the BCCI will first write to Home Ministry, seeking approval to hold the IPL in India. However, because of the Coronavirus spread in the country, the BCCI is not at all hopeful of getting the go-ahead to organize the tournament in India. The functionary also said that having the IPL in UAE shouldn’t be a problem.
The Indian cricket fans are thrilled with the news of the IPL getting a window. From hilarious jokes to memes, social media is filled with amazing reactions from the fans.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
IPL teams right now..
CSK. MI. RCB pic.twitter.com/qz8BsOSmHT
— himanshu kakani💧 (@baniyaboi) July 20, 2020
ICC postponed #T20WorldCup
ICC be like pic.twitter.com/rv3Vk78Grq
— Atul 🇮🇳 (@dikhhat_hai_) July 20, 2020
— Sai (@akakrcb6) July 20, 2020
— guru.viru (@all22now) July 20, 2020
#T20WorldCup is officially postponed and therefore IPL is likely to held.
Meanwhile BCCI :- pic.twitter.com/jyoMfvdYME
— Suren (@Arrre_bhai) July 20, 2020
Pakistani players: pic.twitter.com/JcHUlr2m9h
— KitKat (@_priyanshiiii__) July 20, 2020
#T20WorldCup Postpond Trending..
RCB Fans:- pic.twitter.com/wPJjNif8Hs
— MastAadmi TAF (@EkMastAadmi) July 20, 2020
— Dhruv (@badluckdhruvv) July 20, 2020
— Mr. Bing (@BING_Humour) July 20, 2020
Cricket fans after reading this- pic.twitter.com/RdwBpHw5Xs
— Mannat (@thandrakhleyar) July 20, 2020
#T20WorldCup is postponed to accommodate world's biggest cricket league "Indian Premier League"
India ka tyohar is ON 🔥
— R A T N I $ H (@LoyalSachinFan) July 20, 2020
— B🅰️rle-G 🇮🇳 (@Zero_humour) July 20, 2020
— The chatterbox 💁♀️ (@KomalAgrahari18) July 20, 2020
Opens the door for #IPL2020
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) July 20, 2020
ICC postponed their minor tournament World Cup to 2021 so that BCCI could arrange IPL in 2020.
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) July 20, 2020