Cricket Australia describe WC postponement as ‘inevitable’

The International Cricket Council on Monday officially announced the postponement of the T20 World Cup which was scheduled to take place in Australia later this year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament has been rescheduled to 2021.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Cricket Australia said postponing the men’s T20 World Cup cricket was ‘absolutely inevitable’. Nick Hockley was quoted as saying by AFP, “I think the decision to postpone was absolutely inevitable. It allows us to focus with real clarity on the summer ahead.”

There was already a T20 world cup scheduled in  2021 and that was scheduled to be hosted by India. So now questions arise who will host the next year’s event between India and Australia.

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However, Hockley says there is no preference within Cricket Australia (CA) to host it in a particular year. “We just want to see two great events go ahead, whether it’s ’21 or ’22 in Australia I’m sure we’ll put on a fantastic event.”

The International Cricket Council is yet to announce whether Australia will host it in 2021 or 2022. Hockley downplayed the consequence of the changes on CA’s finances, saying this year’s T20 World Cup had simply been delayed, not canceled.

“It’s been a challenging time for everyone… thankfully, we’re not talking about losing any events at all. It’s really a case of them being held off until we can stage them successfully,” he concluded.

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