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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in 2022; India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021

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India will host the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup as planned Photo- ICC

By SAT News Desk/ICC Media Zone

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 that was postponed due to COVID-19 will be held in Australia in 2022. India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as planned.

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand has been postponed until February – March 2022 because of the impact the pandemic has had on cricket globally.

The decisions were taken by the IBC (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC) following an extensive contingency planning exercise which has taken into account the health, cricket, and commercial impact of COVID-19 around the world.

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.

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ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 postponed to 2022 Photo-ICC

“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.

“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.”

The format of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will remain as it was for 2020 and all teams that qualified for that event will now participate in India in 2021. A new qualification process will be run for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

The format of the postponed ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will remain as it was for 2021. Five teams have already qualified for the event and that will stand for 2022. The original global qualification event to determine the final three teams to contest the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in July 2020, but this was postponed due to COVID-19. The qualification event will now be held in 2021.

ICC launches 100% Cricket ‘Leading The Game’ webinar series

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ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney Photo: ICC Media Zone

By SAT News Desk/ICC Media Zone

MELBOURNE, 20 May 2020: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today launched its 100% Cricket ‘Leading the Game’ webinar series bringing together world leaders from across sport and business to celebrate women’s cricket.

The Leading the Game webinar series is part of the ICC’s continued emphasis on the women’s game following on from the success of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the launch of 100% Cricket. The series will see individuals from across cricket, sport, and the business community engaging in the informative discussion sharing best practices and generating new ideas to support the growth of women’s cricket at a local and national level.

The first webinar ‘100% Leadership’ which was available to the global cricket family saw ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney, ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket Clare Connor and World Rugby’s General Manager of Women’s Rugby Katie Sadleir join Mel Jones to discuss the ICC’s strategy to lead women’s cricket into the future.

ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney said: “We are at a very important stage in the growth of women’s cricket and need to build on the foundation and momentum we have created in the past few years even though there is no cricket at present.

“We launched 100% Cricket as a platform to drive the conversation around the women’s game between the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. As a part of that, we have now launched 100% Cricket – Leading the Game webinar series, to bring the sport together so we can collectively fulfill our ambition of bringing one million new women and girls to the game of cricket.

“We have some excellent contributors lined up from not only the global cricket family but from sport and technology sectors to share their experiences, learnings, and best practice. The series provides a platform to discuss the long-term direction of the women’s game and how to attract more fans and players to the sport. It is important for the global cricket family to stay connected and generate new ideas to move the game forward and stronger as we come out of this pandemic.”

ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor said: “Hopefully this inaugural ICC 100% Cricket webinar has been well-received as we all look to share information, challenges, and solutions during these unprecedented times for work, cricket and life in its broadest sense. We have built such exciting momentum behind women’s cricket – a crowd of 86,174 at the MCG for the ICC Women’s T20 Cup final being the most recent evidence of that – and we should not be knocked off course by this pandemic.

“If anything, we should remain even more steadfast in our ambition for cricket to be a gender-balanced sport. Well done to ICC for launching this platform for members and colleagues to come together and to continue our collaborative efforts to grow the game around the world.”

The second installment of the Leading the Game series, 100% Performance will take place next week, before episodes, three to six will be open for public sign up.

100% Cricket provides a platform to celebrate the women’s game and bring everything fans to love about the sport to life. The ICC’s pledge to bring 1 million new women and girls to the game as part of 100% Cricket will be delivered in partnership with Members. For more information on 100% cricket click here.

Cricket treat as the ICC opens its archives for fans at home

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By SAT News Desk/ICC Media Zone

MELBOURNE, 26 March 2020: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has opened its comprehensive archive of match footage and programming to its broadcast partners, giving fans throughout the world the opportunity to relive some of the greatest cricketing moments of the last 45 years as they stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move will enable fans around the world to watch memorable cricket matches, highlights and ICC films at a time live sports programming stands disrupted due to the Corona Virus. ICC events dating back to 1975, including the men’s and women’s ICC Cricket World Cups and T20 World Cups, the Champions Trophy as well as the U19 World Cups have been made available.

Additionally, fans can join in the fun via Watch Parties on the ICC Facebook page where some of the most iconic games in the history of the sport will be replayed in full. Match highlights and tournament recaps will also be delivered through ICC social channels and the ICC website and mobile app and fans can get involved and vote on the memories they want to see from the ICC archive.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “We are facing unprecedented times as a sports industry and the need to connect with our fan communities is perhaps greater than ever. With no live cricket to unite our fans around the world, we thought the next best thing would be to release our archive to broadcast partners so fans can enjoy some magnificent memories.

“We hope this move will help our broadcast partners replace canceled sports fixtures with some highly engaging content and give cricket fans the opportunity to relive some of the great cricketing moments whilst we all stay at home.

“There will also be the opportunity for fans to get involved via the ICC social channels, with Facebook Watch Parties on the ICC Facebook page and votes for which matches from the last four decades they want to unlock from the ICC archive.”

The footage available to broadcasters will include memorable matches of the ICC men’s events including those between trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand, sub-continental adversaries India and Pakistan and featuring Ashes competitors Australia and England.

Selected matches of the 1975, 1979 and 1983 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup editions held in England, as well as most knockout matches of subsequent editions, will be among the inventory available for broadcasters to show in full or as highlights as they rework their programming in the coming weeks.

Fans will also be able to re-experience matches of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004 2006, 2009 and 2013, and five editions of the T20 World Cup from 2007 to 2014. Those looking for women’s matches will get to watch the 2009 and 2013 editions, apart from matches of different T20 World Cups.

The official film, official highlights and behind-the-scenes programs from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, which ended in a dramatic victory for hosts England at Lord’s, will also be made available, providing fans with both match action as well as behind the scenes stories.

There will also be several other similar programs from other ICC Events while the programs on women’s cricket include features on the stars of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 and the stars of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

Greater levels of broadcast and digital coverage for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup than ever before

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The International Cricket Council today announced the details of its broadcast and digital coverage plans for the ICC Women’s World T20 2020 in Australia giving cricket fans around the widest range of platforms ever for a women’s event.

- ICC TV will produce coverage from all 23 matches
- Live coverage accessible in over 200 territories carried by 15 Broadcast Partners
- Short form digital coverage available on ICC’s Facebook page

Building on the momentum from the first standalone ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2018, fans will now be able to connect with the tournament across a greater number of broadcast and digital platforms than ever before.

Star Sports, ICC’s Global Broadcast Partner, and its Broadcast Partners will bring coverage to fans across the world through live and highlights television coverage in close to 160 territories. Whilst the live digital coverage – simulcasts on mobile and other digital platforms like Hotstar in India and other parts of the world and channel apps such as Kayo in the host nation, will be available globally – in over 200 territories.

The 16 broadcast partners confirmed for the event include Star Sports (India and the rest of the Indian Sub-continent (including Sri Lanka)), Fox Sports (Australia), Channel 9 (Australia) Sky Sports (United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland), SuperSport (South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa), Etisalat Criclife (United Arab Emirates), Willow TV (USA & Canada), Sky TV (New Zealand), PTV (Pakistan), ESPN (Caribbean), Gazi TV (Bangladesh), Radio Television Afghanistan (Afghanistan), Fox Networks Group (South East Asia), Digicel (Pacific Islands), Yupp TV (MENA, Continental Europe and Central Asia), Star Cricket (Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong).

Leading the charge in multi-language production, ICC’s Global Broadcaster, Star Sports, will broadcast all matches in English and India matches (excluding India v Sri Lanka) in five languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu and Kannada. For fans wishing to connect to the tournament via web or mobile platforms, all matches will be available on Hotstar.

Meanwhile, in the host country, Fox Sports will televise all matches live on Fox Sports Cricket or Fox Sports 5 supported by Kayo for digital viewers. Channel 9 will also carry coverage of all Australia matches, the Semi Finals and Final as well as six other tournament matches. (Please check local listings).

In Thailand, viewers can tune in and enjoy coverage of the nation competing in their first ever ICC Women’s T20 World Cup via Yupp TV’s platforms on Smart TVs, web and mobile.

Yupp TV will provide extensive global coverage to over 60 territories including Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland and Faroe Islands, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,

Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino and Vatican City, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. A list of licensees is available here.

Fans looking to catch up by short form, on demand coverage in India and the Indian Sub-continent (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and Afghanistan can watch via the ICC’s Facebook page. Post-match highlights will also be made available.

Elsewhere, in-match digital coverage and post-match highlights for fans in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, will be made available by the BBC (United Kingdom) and Spark Sport (New Zealand).

Globally, post-match highlights and a range of event features, media conferences and archive material will be available to view globally on the ICC’s Facebook page and Instagram account.

Digital fans can follow the tournament via the official T20 World Cup mobile App and t20worldcup.com website. You’ll have everything you need to know about the event including news, results and highlights for every game including exclusive behind-the-scenes content provided by our Digital Insider team featuring Ridhima Pathak, Alex Hartley and Neroli Meadows.

As ever, a range of content will also be delivered to the ICC and T20 World Cup Social media channels across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and TikTok and fans can join in the discussion by using the tournament hashtag #T20WorldCup.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney says, “We are committed to the growth of the women’s game and giving more fans the chance to connect with this event on more platforms than ever before is how we supercharge that growth.

“Thanks to our global broadcast partner Star Sports, our licensees and Facebook, hundreds of millions of cricket fans around the world can enjoy watching the world’s best players competing for the title of ICC T20 world champions.”

ICC TV will produce the live coverage, which will see a minimum of 24 cameras at all venues. ICC TV will provide a fully-produced program which will allow broadcasters to transmit the matches without the need for a unilateral presentation set-up. A 30-minute pre-game build-up, an innings break show and a post-game wrap-up will be produced by ICC TV, in addition to the match coverage.

A host of World Cup winners, cricket legends and prominent broadcasters will grace the commentary team including Charlotte Edwards, Michael Clarke, Mel Jones, Isa Guha, Nasser Hussain, Lisa Sthalekar, Debbie Hockley, Ian Bishop, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Natalie Germanos, Anjum Chopra and Alan Wilkins.

Melanie Jones: “The cricket world is about to be mesmerized by the Women’s T20 World Cup and as hosts and lovers of sport, Australia can’t wait to play its part in supporting sporting history. Having been a part of every T20 World Cup so far, I can confidently say this will be the most competitive, the most skillful and most entertaining tournament to date. To be part of a world-class broadcast team is just as exciting as watching the world’s best cricketers go to the next level.”

Charlotte Edwards: “The enthusiasm for the Women’s T20 World Cup is palpable among the players and fans and I am sure we will have a sensational tournament down under. I look forward to my stint with the microphone, and I expect to watch some great cricket too. This is a chance for the players to not only make their mark on the world stage but to further lift the profile of women’s cricket itself.”

Nasser Hussain: “Women’s cricket has been on an upswing and this event is sure to capture the attention of fans the world over. There are several exciting players in the fray and seeing recent results, I feel the field is wide open. I can’t wait to get to Australia to watch this top-class women’s event, and work on it too.”

Isa Guha: “This World Cup is set to be bigger and better than ever, including record attendance at the final at the MCG on International Women’s Day. I cannot wait to see the players deliver some spectacular performances.”

Ian Bishop: “I look forward to seeing how the 2020 edition drives the women’s game forward and into a new dimension. Most of all, I think we are all intrigued to find out which team will prevail and be crowned the champions of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.”

Source: ICC Media Zone