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ICC: ICC Men’s World Cup 2020 postponed

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On Monday, International Cricket Council (ICC) gave their final decision on ICC Men’s World Cup 2020. The ICC postponed the mega event that was scheduled for later this year in October-November in Australia. The decision was made to keep the current situation of COVID-19 into account as it would be next to impossible to quarantine 16 international teams, a major concern for Cricket Australia.

“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,” a statement realised by the ICC.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney stated, “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,”

The ICC’s Business Corporation (IBS) agreed to observe and evaluate the pandemic situation in order to make significant decisions on the future hosts for safer and successful events in 2021 and 2022.

“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 the 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.”

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