T20 World Cup 2020: Cricket Australia looking for possible options
T20 World Cup 2020 host Cricket Australia has confirmed with the International Cricket Council (ICC) that they will be exploring all options to stage 2020 T20 World Cup. The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in Australia from October 18 to November 15 but due to Coronavirus crisis around the globe, cricket tournament postponed and canceled and no one can predict resumption of cricket, the world is under lockdown, even if lockdown lifted, longer it will take for situation to get better and with cricket board likely to face financial crisis, longer the time it takes, even if cricket resume, whether cricket to be played behind the closed doors or will be played without fans in the stadium (which does not seem possible in current crisis).
- The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in Australia from October 18 to November 15 while the women’s World Cup in 2021 is slated from February 06 to March 07 in New Zealand. It’s expected a final call on the T20 World Cup may be slightly delayed till August as officials as officials looking for other options during the global uncertainty.
Cricket Australia’s CEO Kevin Roberts said in the press release that they are “jointly exploring all other options” (To organize T20 World Cup 2020). “Cricket Australia is working closely with cricket’s governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Local Organising Committee, and the Australian government to have a comprehensive understanding of exactly what it will take to be able to play the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in October in Australia as planned.”
“We are also jointly exploring all other options with staging the mega event and will make the right decisions at the right time so we can host a wonderful celebration of the sport and keep everyone involved safe and well.”
ICC medical committee chairman Peter Harcourt said the next step for cricket chiefs was to create a roadmap for the resumption of the international game. “This will consider everything from player preparation to government restrictions and advisories and bio-bubbles, The scale and complexity of getting cricket started again cannot be underestimated, particularly for a global event. The more teams, venues, and cities involved in an event, the greater the risk which has to be assessed and managed.”
“There was agreement that the FTP (Future Tour Programme) program would need to be collectively reviewed with a view to rescheduling as much of the cricket that has been postponed due to COVID-19 as possible, Discussions and decisions on this and the future of both the World Test Championship and the Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League will be held at a later date.”
Chief executives from each of the twelve full member nations spoke about their situation at present, while three representatives stood for the associate nations. Dr. Peter Harcourt, chair of the ICC medical committee, also offered a presentation outlining some of the necessary steps which would need to taken to allow competitive cricket in the event of an upturn in the global situation.
The future of Asia Cup 2020, IPL 2020, and ICC T20 World Cup depend on the situation in the coming weeks or months, BCCI and IPL governing body postponed 13th season of the Indian Premier League and reports are that BCCI is looking for September-October or October-November window to accommodate the already-postponed IPL 2020 in place of Asia Cup and T20 World Cup (and it might be postponed to February).