October’s Twenty20 World Cup likely to be postponed for a year with England’s bid to add title to 50-over triumph last summer set to be put on hold
- A switch to early 2021 has been mooted but England will face India in January
- It would have a knock-on effect of the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup in India
- That tournament is now set to be delayed until October-November 2022
- Eoin Morgan’s men are due to defend their 50-over title in February 2023
England’s bid to unite the global game’s two white-ball belts is set to be put on hold with October’s Twenty20 World Cup looking likely to be postponed for 12 months.
Shifting the 16-team event in Australia a full year would have a knock-on effect of the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup in India being delayed to October-November 2022.
It does not represent an ideal schedule change, with Eoin Morgan’s team due to defend the 50-over world title on the subcontinent just three months later, in February 2023. It would also mean England heading straight out of the next global event and into the 2021-22 Ashes in November of next year.
The T20 World Cup is set to be delayed by a year, putting England’s bid to win it on hold
Eoin Morgan’s men will now have to wait to try to add to last summer’s 50-over victory
However, there is a growing feeling within cricket’s international community that fulfilling a competition involving 15 different teams flying into Australia in five months’ time represents too much of a logistical nightmare.
A switch to early 2021 has previously been mooted, but there is no obvious window for it as India’s lucrative five-match Test series with England is slated to start in late January.
Such tours — India’s visit to Australia for Tests at the back end of this year is understood to be worth £150million to Cricket Australia — are viewed as essential to get revenue streams flowing again.
Moving the T20 World Cup would also create a new October-November window for the Indian Premier League season to take place.
Organisers have suggested a definitive call need not be made until July and the ICC insist this potential switch ‘is all pure speculation’, but re-scheduling will be high on the agenda during the ICC’s two-day chief executives’ teleconference on June 4-5.
Aaron Finch’s Australia will host it but 15 teams flying there now would be logistically difficult