Lockdown in Australia again, uncertainty over T20 World Cup
The second wave of coronavirus has appeared in Australia. Melbourne, the country’s second-largest city, has been locked down for six weeks. The new ban came into effect from midnight on Wednesday.
Corona’s wave means that hosting the World Twenty20 on Australian soil this year may not be possible in any way. Because, this is where most of the World Cup matches are supposed to be held. But with the announcement of a new lockdown and an increase in infections, the dream of hosting a World Cup match there is unimaginable.
The World Cup is scheduled to be held in October-November. The ICC has said they are “monitoring the situation” and has not yet made an official decision on the World Cup. However, in the meantime, with the new corona infection on the rise in Australia, the ICC will have no choice but to cancel or suspend the World Cup this year. This announcement may come this week.
The Australian Cricket Board (CA) has long hinted that it will not be possible to host the Twenty20 World Cup this year. The country’s cricket board had earlier said the Australian government did not want to take the trouble to host the World Cup in this situation.
Even then, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been delaying the official announcement of the cancellation of the World Cup. The ICC wanted to make a last-ditch effort if the situation improved. Because, there are many big financial issues behind it.
As the ICC has not announced a decision on the World Cup, the the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) believes there is a conspiracy behind it. In their view, the ICC has postponed the decision on the World Cup to thwart the Indian board’s plans to host the IPL in place of the World Cup.
However, this time there was no doubt that the World Cup could not be organized. The second wave of corona in Australia made the T20 World Cup completely uncertain.
According to Indian media, the ICC may announce the decision to cancel the World Cup today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday). Announcing such a decision means that there will be no more obstacles in organizing the IPL. While not possible on Indian soil, the BCCI will host the IPL on foreign soil. Potential venues include the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.