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ICC Board meeting will decide on T20 World Cup fate

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On Friday, the ICC’s Board meeting is scheduled to take place where BCCI and Cricket Australia’s decision making bodies will connect virtually to discuss the hosting of two T20 World Cups in the coming two years. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah along with CA’s Earl Eddings and Nick Hockley will consider the hosting of 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups. ICC Women’s World Cup is also on the list of discussions in the meeting.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) logo at the ICC headquarters in Dubai, October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro/File Photo

According to sources, “The main agenda of the meeting is scheduling of ICC tournaments including the women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand early next year. It is expected that some decisions will be taken,”

ICC’s T20 World Cup 2020 was scheduled for later this year in Australia however, due to coronavirus pandemic Cricket Australia pulled away giving way to Indian Premier League that begins on 19th September in UAE.

Cricket Australia has expressed interest in hosting the T20 World Cup in October 2021 as it has undergone preparations and wouldn’t like to wait for two years. BCCI on the other hand does not wish to give up its right to host the mega event next year.

“The BCCI was originally scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and they would like to go ahead. Another reason being, hosting a T20 World Cup in 2022 and then a 50 over global event within a gap of just one year. It would be an overkill,” stated an ICC source.

However, giving CA a little weightage ICC stated, “The ICC website states that those who have booked match tickets for Australia World T20 event should wait till further announcement. The reason being CA wants to host the event next year,” he said.

It has also been learned that there is a possibility of ICC Women’s ODI World Cup scheduled for February-March 2021 in New Zealand will go ahead as per schedule.

“Yes, the qualification tournament is yet to be finished and since every country’s Covid situation is different, that is one headache that the ICC has. Going by health safety issues, New Zealand is one of the best-performing nations globally,” he said.

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