Staging T20 World Cup unrealistic amid COVID-19 pandemic: Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings has said this year's ICC T20 World Cup amid the coronavirus pandemic seems "unrealistic" as it will be difficult to fly in 16 teams to the country. The T20 World Cup is shrouded in uncertainty as several countries have strict travel restrictions due to the outbreak, which has infected over 8.1 million people across the globe. Here's more.
ICC had deferred decision on T20 World Cup recently
Earlier, the ICC said it will continue to explore a number of contingency plans regarding the future of Men's T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021, until next month. Reportedly, the board members unanimously agreed to assess and evaluate the scenario in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Several factors will be evaluated under the planning process.
Getting in 16 teams into Australia is unrealistic
"I would say it is unlikely...trying to get (teams from) 16 countries into Australia when most countries are still going through COVID spiking is unrealistic or very, very difficult," Eddings said during a video conference.
Is the road clear for IPL 2020?
With Cricket Australia claiming about the difficulties of hosting the T20 World Cup, it is likely that the event could get postponed to 2022. Of late, reports have stated that the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, which is currently suspended, could be held if the World T20 gets postponed. Looking at the developments, one feels IPL could go ahead in the October-November window.
BCCI working on all options to stage IPL 2020: Ganguly
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is hoping to host the coveted IPL this year behind closed doors. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said in his letter to all affiliated members of the body, that the board is working on all possible options to stage the tournament this year. The BCCI will also decide on the future course of action regarding IPL.
BCCI optimistic regarding IPL 2020
The IPL 2020 was indefinitely postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the World T20 likely to be postponed, a window will open up. Last month, BCCI Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri claimed cricketing activities can start only after the monsoon but is optimistic about the IPL 2020 happening this year. However, the BCCI will follow the guidelines meted out by the government of India.