THE ICC is still hoping that this year’s T20 World Cup can go ahead but yesterday’s board meeting could not confirm when.
It is currently scheduled to take place from October 18-November 15 at 12 different venues in Australia and the ICC board has given themselves another month to agree on a final date, with the intention of delivering the event in the “scheduled window”. I understand there are up to five different scenarios.
Chief executive Manu Sawhney said: The situation surrounding the global pandemic is evolving rapidly and we want to give ourselves the best possible opportunity to make the right decision for the whole sport. The health and well-being of everyone involved is our priority and other considerations fall out from that.
“We will only get one chance to make this decision and it needs to be the right one and we will continue to consult with our Members, broadcasters, partners, governments and players and to ensure we make a well informed decision.”
The qualifying event for next year’s Women’s World Cup, due to be held in Sri Lanka next month, has already been postponed with still no final decision on a new date.
Meanwhile, the North West have given their clubs hope of action with a competition format set to go before the Union’s Board of Control for an eight-week season starting in the week beginning July 20.
A T20 competition is the most likely outcome with the 16 teams divided into four groups, regionalised to minimise travel, playing each other home and away before knock-out games.