India have retained their hosting rights for the 2021 T20 World Cup while Australia will be hosting the 2022 edition of the tournament. Earlier this summer, ICC had cancelled the 2020 World T20 slated to be held in Australia, due to the rising concern in coronavirus cases in Melbourne.
The decisions were taken by the ICC Business Corporation which met virtually on Friday.
The 2021 World Cup will be held in India between October and November with the final on November 14. Meanwhile, Australia, who were originally slated to hold the tournament in 2020, will now be the host for the 2022 edition between October and November with the final on November 13.
In another significant development, the 50-over Women's World Cup has also been shifted back by a year to 2022. It was originally scheduled to happen in New Zeland between February 6 and March 7, to 2022.
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 have 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.