T20 World Cup 2021 stays in India, Australia to host in 2022

The ICC, while postponing the T20 World Cup in Australia from October-November 2020 to 2022 last month, had not specified the venues for the 2021 and 2022 marquee events at the time.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has retained India as the host for the T20 World Cup in 2021, reassigning the postponed edition of the marquee event to Australia in 2022.

“The decisions were taken by the IBC (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC) following an extensive contingency planning exercise which has taken into account the health, cricket and commercial impact of COVID-19 around the world,” said an ICC statement.

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Doubts over hosting the 2021 edition arose on July 20 when the ICC, while postponing the 2020 T20 World Cup to 2022, didn’t specify the venues for the 2021 and 2022 editions. Australia was scheduled to stage the 2020 event in October-November.

India was awarded the 2021 tournament, but its host status was threatened after it did not meet the first deadline for securing tax exemptions from the Central government. As of now, India still retains hosting rights, with the ICC extending the deadline to get tax exemption to December 31.

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