India to host 2021 T20 World Cup; 2022 edition in Australia


New Delhi: India will remain as hosts of the T20 World Cup in 2021 while Australia will host the 2022 edition. The format for the Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021 will remain as it was in 2020, with all teams that qualified for the 2020 event to be part of the event in India in 2021. A new qualification process will be in place for the Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022.

Meanwhile, the Women’s 50-over World Cup, scheduled to be held in New Zealand in February-March 2021, has been postponed to Feb-March 2022, the ICC announced on Friday (August 7) after a meeting of the International Business Corporation (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC).

For the 50-over Women’s World Cup, five teams had qualified for the tournament originally scheduled in 2021. The final three teams were to be decided through a qualification competition that was scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka in July 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic. That qualification event will now be held in 2021 with the ICC yet to decide on the dates.

All these decisions were taken by the ICC Business Corporation, the business development wing of the ICC, which met virtually on Friday.

The 2021 event will be hosted in India between October-November next year, with the final scheduled on November 14. Australia, which was originally meant to host the 2020 edition, will now host the tournament in 2022 between October-November with the final scheduled for November 13.

This women’s World Cup is the second global event the ICC has been forced to postpone in the last two months due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In July, the ICC Board had deferred the 2020 men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled in October-November in Australia this year to next year.

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