Cricket Australia will be holding a teleconference with International Cricket Council (ICC) this week to discuss the fate of the T20 World Cup. CA is scheduled to host T20 World Cup from October 18 to November 15. However, with the world currently combatting the coronavirus pandemic put a halt on all the sporting events across the globe, the event is likely to be moved in the wake of the health crisis.
According to reports, the CA will conduct a teleconference meeting with the apex cricket board to discuss the “prospect of hosting the tournament”. Last month, the Australian government had sealed the country’s border last month until September in an attempt to combat the threat of the deadly virus in the country. There are nearly 7,000 reported cases with not more than a hundred deaths in Australia.
Last month, the ICC had hosted a Chief Executive’s Committee meeting. In that meeting ICC said that “three options have been shortlisted”. The first is to stick to the original Oct-Nov window and the second is to the tournament in Feb-March next year. The third that was zeroed in on is to stage the tournament in 2022,” one of the representatives, who were part of the meeting, told the press.
In the same meeting, Chief Executive of CA, Kevin Roberts had informed the media about the latest developments in the plan. “We are also jointly exploring all other options in relation to staging the event and will take the right decisions at the right time,” he said. The next edition of the tournament is set to be played in India and it’s likely that CA might ask India to host this year’s edition in the meantime.
“CA remains optimistic the 2020-21 men’s and women’s home summer – scheduled to begin with the men’s T20 World Cup in October and November – will proceed, whether in empty stadia if social distancing restrictions remain in place or as relevant crowd guidelines allow,” a release from the board last month. India has over 56,000 reported cases and nearly 2,000 deaths from the virus.
If eventually the T20 World Cup is postponed and the BCCI gets an opportunity to organise the IPL in October-November, participation of overseas players might not be a problem. Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly was pessimistic about the start date of the IPL, franchise officials are hopeful in its return this year
“Cricket boards that are issuing NOCs to their players for the IPL get 10 per cent each based on the total contract value of the players from the respective boards. Given the current (economic) situation, everybody would like to maintain a good rapport with the BCCI,” said a source. The lockdown in India ends on May 17.
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