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India to remain hosts for World Cup 2021

India to remain hosts for World Cup 2021. Image courtesy: ICC Cricket

India to remain hosts for World Cup 2021. Image courtesy: ICC Cricket

As a consequence of the virtual meeting that took place on Friday, it has been decided that India has retained its rights to host the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

There was a debate on whether Australia or India will host the mega-event as, after the cancelation of the ICC World Cup 2020, Australia wanted to host the 2021 version of the event.

The canceled version of the event that is now scheduled to take place in 2022, has been handed over to Australia to organize their venues for hospitality.

India to remain hosts for World Cup 2021

ICC Acting Chairman Imran Khwaja said: “Over the last few months as we have considered how we return to staging global events, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in ICC events.

“The decisions the Board has taken today are in the best interests of the sport, our partners, and importantly our fans. I’d like to thank our partners at the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket New Zealand as well as the Australian and New Zealand governments for their continued support and commitment to a safe return to ICC events.”

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “We now have absolute clarity on the future of ICC events enabling all of our Members to focus on the rescheduling of lost international and domestic cricket. We will now proceed as planned with the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in India and host the 2022 edition in Australia.

The Women’s World Cup, which was to be staged in the six cities of New Zealand by February 2021, is now scheduled for late January 2022.

“We have taken the decision to move the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to give players from every competing nation, the best opportunity to be ready for the world’s biggest stage and there is still a global qualifier to complete to decide the final three teams.

“There has been no women’s international cricket played since the conclusion of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year and due to the varying impact of COVID-19 globally, that is likely to remain the situation for a number of the teams. Moving the event by 12 months gives all competing teams the chance to play a sufficient level of cricket ahead of both the qualification event and leading into a Cricket World Cup so the integrity of the tournament is maintained.”

All the statements have been taken from ICC

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