T20 World Cup fate likely to be decided in June

A Cricket Australia (CA) official confirmed that "no decision [has been made] yet" and that it will be "four to five weeks" before a final call is taken on the T20 World Cup.

Published : May 27, 2020 13:45 IST

The ICC T20 World Cup trophy
The ICC T20 World Cup trophy

The ICC T20 World Cup trophy

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday denied reports that the men's T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia between October 18 and November 15, has been rescheduled to 2022. "The ICC has not taken a decision to postpone the T20 World Cup and preparations are ongoing for the event in Australia this year as per plan," an ICC spokesperson said.

"The topic is on the agenda for the ICC Board meeting tomorrow and a decision will be made in due course," the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, a Cricket Australia (CA) official confirmed to Sportstar that "no decision [has been made] yet" and that it will be "four to five weeks" before a final call is taken.

Earlier, the Governor-General of Australia had also extended the human biosecurity emergency period from 17 June to 17 September 2020, meaning international cricket in any form is likely to have huge logistical and bio-security challenges to overcome. A spokesperson for Australia's Department of Health had told this publication that the onus will be on Australian states and territories as they “are responsible for implementing arrangements regarding the resumption of sport in their jurisdiction.”

Later in the day, ICC issued a statement and confirmed: "Reports of a postponement of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 are inaccurate and planning for the event continues whilst a number of contingency plans are being explored in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the COVID-19 virus."

The ICC Board also met on Tuesday to discuss the process for electing the next chairman. However, a decision was not taken regarding the election process and will come up for discussion during the ICC Board meeting on Thursday.

Moreover, according to the statement, the current ICC chairman has confirmed of not seeking any extension to his term and would extend his full support to the Board for a smooth transition.

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