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T20 World Cup in Australia postponed due to COVID-19

This year’s Twenty20 World Cup, which was scheduled to begin in Australia in October, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced.

“At today’s meeting … windows for the next three ICC men’s events were also agreed to bring clarity to the calendar and give the sport the best possible opportunity,” the ICC said in a statement after a meeting.

Australia's David Warner, and Aaron Finch, pictured in Cape Town in February.

Australia’s David Warner, and Aaron Finch, pictured in Cape Town in February.Credit:AP

Cricket Australia had cast doubt in May on the chances of it going ahead on schedule from October 18 to November 15. It will be played in the same months in 2021, the International Cricket Council said.

It was going to be risky to gather 15 other nations, dealing with different levels of the coronavirus outbreak, in Australia, where Victoria is presently under lockdown after a new surge in cases. Victoria is to stage the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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