Inzamam urges all boards to unite against making space for IPL
There are rumors’ that the World Cup was clashing with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Australia-India series, as a result Australia has expressed unwillingness to host World Cup. Therefore, there is a possibility of postponement of the World Cup.
Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq believes the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup should not be sidelined. He believes that if the authority give room to a league or series, this would divert the focus of players. Therefore, all the players will be focused on private leagues, instead of international matches.
“These are the things that sources and internal people are talking about that it is decided the T20 World Cup won’t happen. Australia can say that it was difficult for it to manage 16 teams for the mega event as it is not easy. Likewise the Pakistan team was in England in a hotel and all faculties were being provided there, therefore it had not been easy to manage 16 teams,” he said in a video on his YouTube channel.
T20 world cup of 2020 was scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15 in Australia. But the possibility of the tournament to held is decreasing day by day due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Indian board is strong and has control in the International Cricket Council (ICC). If Australia says that we cannot hold the World Cup because of the COVID-19 pandemic then their stance will be easily accepted, but if any such kind event happens during the same time then questions will be raised,” he said.
Inzamam insisted that, he was not saying that ICC was doing any such kind a thing. But if these kinds of things happen, cricket will loose acceptiblity.
“I have also heard that objections are also raised on the dates of the Asia Cup as it is clashing with some other event. ICC, Asian Cricket Council and all cricket boards should sit together and give a strong message that any such kind of impression (giving priority to private leagues instead of international cricket), won’t take place,” he said.