India has retained its rights to host the ICC Twenty20 World Cup despite the postponement of the 2020 edition which was scheduled to be held in Australia.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) was forced to postpone the 2020 event Down Under due to Corona Virus pandemic. Australia were initially scheduled to host the Twenty20 World Cup from October 18 to November 15.
Australia had initially said that it would be able to host the tournament on time, that too by allowing spectators into the stadium but due to the spike in new Corona Virus cases in Victoria, it decided against it.
The withdrawal of Australia had opened up India, the West Indies and Cricket Australia itself to go ahead with their franchise Twenty20 leagues. All the respective boards are now preparing for their franchise leagues.
A report in the leading cricket website cricinfo.com said the ICC has decided to give the hosting rights of next Twenty20 World Cup to India. After the 2020 edition in Australia, India were supposed to hold the subsequent edition in a space of one year.
India also have the hosting rights of the 50-over World Cup. Australia will now host the Twenty20 World Cup in Twenty20.
Meanwhile, the next 50-over Women’s World Cup has been postponed until 2022. It was originally scheduled to be held in New Zealand between February 6 to March 7, 2021.