The Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) fans can rejoice as 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. As the world cup is now postponed, BCCI will soon announce the IPL 2020 schedule officially.
InsideSport spoke to BCCI official on their first reaction on the postponement of the T20 World Cup and the way forward on IPL 2020 announcement.
“Though delayed but it is good ICC has announced the postponement. We will call for the IPL Governing Council meeting in the next 24-48 hours and they will officially announce the dates of IPL 2020”, said one of the senior BCCI official to InsideSport.
IPL 2020 : Next step, IPL Governing Council to meet soon
Now as a next step, BCCI will call for the IPL Governing Council who is officially authorized to take call on the dates and schedule of the tournament.
BCCI is yet to finalize the exact schedule and format for the 13th edition of IPL.
The IPL GC headed by Brijesh Patel will decide the exact schedule and format of the IPL 2020.
The view point of the official broadcasters Star India can be taken into consideration during the IPL GC meeting. The IPL GC will inform the franchise and other stakeholders about the schedules and format for the IPL 2020 post their meeting.
According to the info available with InsideSport, there will not be much of tweaking with the format of IPL 2020. With the postponement of Asia Cup Cricket & T20 World Cup, IPL 2020 will get 2 month free window. So the time constraint will not be the issue for the organizers of IPL 2020.
The old format of IPL, i.e each team plays each other two times will still be kept alive. The only change would be that as the tournament moves to UAE – home & away concept will not apply to IPL 2020.
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ICC T20 World Cup : When will be the postponed World Cup held ?
At today’s meeting of the IBC Board (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC), windows for the next three ICC men’s events were also 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.
The windows for the Men’s events are:
1. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held October – November 2021 with the final on 14 November 2021
2. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be held October – November 2022 with the final on 13 November 2022
3. ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India October – November 2023 with the final on 26 November 2023
The IBC Board agreed to continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and assess all the information available in order to make a considered decision on future hosts to ensure the sport is able to stage safe and successful global events in 2021 and 2022.
The IBC Board will also continue to evaluate the situation in relation to being able to stage the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand in February next year. In the meantime, planning for this event continues as scheduled.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “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. 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.
“Throughout this process we have worked closely with our key stakeholders including governments, Members, broadcasters, partners and medical experts to enable us to reach a collective decision for the good of the game and our fans. I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment to a safe return to cricket.”