The October Twenty20 World Championship is likely to be postponed for a year with England’s bid to add the title to more than 50 victories last summer to be suspended
- A switch to early 2021 has been mapped, but England faces India in January
- It would have a knock-on effect on the Twenty20 World Cup 2021 in India
- That tournament will now be postponed to October-November 2022
- Eoin Morgan’s men will defend their 50 title in February 2023
England’s bid to unite the two white-ball belts of the global game has been suspended and the October Twenty20 World Championship is expected to be delayed for 12 months.
Shifting the 16-team event in Australia for a full year would have a knock-on effect if the Twenty20 World Cup 2021 in India is postponed to October-November 2022.
It’s not an ideal schedule change, as Eoin Morgan’s team will defend the 50-plus world title on the subcontinent just three months later, in February 2023. It would also mean that England is heading straight from the next global event to the 2021-22 Axis in November of next year.
The T20 World Cup is postponed by one 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 victory
However, there is a growing feeling within the international cricket community that participating in a match with 15 different teams flying to Australia within five months is too much of a logistical nightmare.
A switch to early 2021 has been previously mapped, but there is no clear window as the lucrative five-game test run with England kicks off in late January.
Such tours – India’s visit to Australia for tests this year is believed to be worth £ 150 million for Cricket Australia – are considered essential to get revenue streams going again.
Moving the T20 world championship would also create a new window from October to November for the Indian Premier League season.
Organizers have suggested that a final call should not be made until July, and the ICC insists that this possible switch is ‘purely pure speculation’, but rescheduling will be high on the agenda at the two-day conference call from the ICCs on June 4 5.
Aaron Finch’s Australia will host it, but 15 teams now flying there would be logistically difficult