McCullum suggests IPL could be played over T20 World Cup
The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Corona Virus outbreak leads to cancellation of many sports events and many are postponed to avoid public gathering. The fate of Women’s ODI World Cup 2021, Men’s T20 World Cup will be decided once the situation gets better and even T20 World Cup could be pushed to 2021, IPL 2020 could be staged at October-November window, these are some suggestion that was given by experts and former legendary players.
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he neither sees the T20 World Cup 2020 happening without the stadium fans nor does he believe that teams from 16 nations will be able to travel to Australia in the wake of the pandemic, which has infected more than 20 lakh people globally.
“I think the IPL will try and target that October window and the T20 World Cup will get pushed back,” McCullum, the coach of IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders, told ‘Sky Cricket Podcast’.
- If IPL doesn’t happen, none of the players or support staff get paid.
“For the host, Australia to move sixteen international teams plus all of their support staff and then broadcasters seems a bridge too far. I can’t see them playing the T20 World Cup behind closed doors either, There may be a window a bit later in the new year of 2021 which could then open up a window for the IPL (in October and November). You’d have to move some overseas players for the IPL but with the broadcasters based in India, it is a lot easier to pull it all together. “The ICC and world cricket need crowds to operate but India can probably sustain things commercially behind closed doors because they are going to get so many eyeballs.” Brendon McCullum said.
Former New Zealand Seamer Simon Doull, who joined McCullum and Ian Smith on the podcast, also believes spectators will be important to get the revenues flowing from the T20 World Cup. “A lot of the international cricket council (ICC’s) revenue for down the track comes from the World Cups so they want as many people in the stands as possible, They would hate to see a T20 World Cup under lockdown where no one could go and watch and the atmosphere would probably be a little bit less.”
Simon also said ICC needs to decide how important is the T20 World Cup, “How important is the T20 World Cup? That the first question from an ICC point of view, Is it important enough to have private jets out of each county with cricket teams on them, two weeks in quarantine in Australia and then the tournament taking place, whether there are fans in the stands or not? Is it that important?”.
The international cricket council (ICC’s) Chief Executives Committee (CEC) is set to meet on this Thursday (April 24) to discuss the financial implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and also future planning for all ICC global events, including the T20 World Cup, over an online conference call.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly
- “There will be no cricket in India in the near future. There are too many ifs and buts involved. More importantly, I don’t believe in the sport when there is a risk to human life.”
Former Indian spinner Harbhajan questioned
- “When IPL teams travel, there’s a huge crowd at the airports, hotels, outside the stadium. How are you going to stop them if you are looking to maintain social distancing? There should be no top-flight cricket until there is a vaccine for COVID-19.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely. The IPL 13 which is scheduled to start from March 29, was postponed till April 15, but Prime Minister of India on Wednesday announced lockdown extension to fight the coronavirus pandemic in India till May 3, BCCI has postponed the cash-rich league until further notice. The BCCI may or may not consider a September-October window after May 03 or later and may take a call depending on the global situation.